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INR 393cr Order from NIC Baggedby HCL

INR 393 crore order for providing end-to-end IT services and operations management, for a span of seven years, has been bagged by HCL Technologies from National Insurance Company (NIC). In these seven year of engagement, HCL would be responsible for setting up and managing a new enterprise wide IT landscape for NIC.

INR 1182 Cr. Contract from ESIC Bagged by Wipro

Wipro Infotech a unit of the software services firm Wipro Limited has bagged Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) contract worth INR 1182 crore in Banglore. This outsourced contract is spread over a time-period of six and a half years. This project which is called ‘Panchdeep’ was offered on a Built-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model through a global tender.

IT Companies Looking Towards SMEs for Growth

IT service providers are making the SMEs their key focus area for tapping the growth potential of this market. A report by Access Markets International (AMI) Partners early this year had revealed that the SMEs in the country are likely to spend $9.7 billion on IT this year.

Information Highway for Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh with the adoption of e-Governance project will soon see its government services getting delivered to the common public through Internet, computers etc. About 1 lakh information centres, including about nine thousands two hundreds centres in Madhya Pradesh would be opened in rural areas. Madhya Pradesh state electronics Development Corporation has been deployed as nodal agency for proper implementation of information centres schemes in the state.

Matrubhasha Launched by Lenovo

A vernacular computing initiative ‘Matrubhasha’, has been launched by Lenovo India as a part of its corporate social responsibility. This initiative is meant to enable school children to gain computer proficiency in their mother tongue, without even depending on English. 38 Akshara Foundation libraries in 35 Kannada Government schools and three Urdu Government schools across Bangalore would be the beneficiaries in this program.

YES BANK Introduces RFID in Retail Banking

YES BANK, South Extension Branch, New Delhi, introduces RFID Technology for the First Time in Indian Retail Banking.YES BANK, focused on innovative banking solutions unveiled the first of its kind, ‘Bank Branch of the Future’ at its South Extension Branch in New Delhi. This branch aims to transform retail branches from simple transaction outlets to ‘Service Oriented Advisory Centers’.

Apple Launches Safari 4 Browser

Apple has announced the launch of public beta version of Safari 4, claiming it to be the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac and Windows PCs. At present there are five major browsers fighting for marketshare – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. Apple claims its Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3.

HCL Enters Security Sector

HCL Security is a new company being planned by HCL Infosystems with a special focus on security.  HCL Infosystems has executed several contracts for the Armed Forces in the last eight years. It has installed the service for distress calls (Dial 100) to the police in 23 cities. It has also done security-related projects for airports and telecommunication service providers. So in sync with the recent positive developments HCL felt it need to float a new company so that it could give a special focus to it.

CrimsonLogic Aggressively Enabling e-Governance

CrimsonLogic, a Singapore Government Linked IT Solution Provider specializing in eGovernment Services & Solution organized a forum to share its experiences about transforming the way government functions by simplifying complex processes be it within its divisions, with its citizens and businesses. CrimsonLogic has provided solutions for governments in many countries spanning Southeast Asia, Middle East, Caribbean and the America.

Xcel Acquired @ INR 800-850 Cr by ATC

American Tower Corporation (ATC) has acquired the Mumbai-based independent tower company, Xcel Telecom for an undisclosed sum. Industry analysts had put an enterprise valuation of around INR 800-850 crore for Xcel Telecom, which owns and operates around 1,700 towers in the country. The acquisition would help ATC create a leading independent tower company.

BPL Mobile Renamed As Loop Mobile

Following the expiry of its brand-use agreement with the TPG Nambiar-owned BPL Group, BPL Mobile Communications has changed its name to Loop Mobile. The new logo of Loop Mobile has been designed keeping in mind the youthful vitality, excitement and freshness that the company stands for.

VeriSign Unveils Platform for National Public Key Infrastructure

VeriSign, Inc., a provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, announced a new platform specifically designed to meet the needs of governments looking to implement and manage their own Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). The new VeriSign PKI Platform gives governments across the world a way to offer citizens fast and easy access to e-services such as health and welfare programs, e-passports, and national ID programs.

China Tops Public Sector Enterprise Networking Equipment Spending in Asia Pacific

A latest research report announced by Springboard Research stated that the Greater China region (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) contributed the largest share at 42.7% to Enterprise Networking spending by the public sector across Asia Pacific (excluding Japan). Springboard’s report, titled “An Opportunity Emerging: Networking in the Public Sector,” saw Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region as the second largest public sector market, with India as the fastest growing in the region.

Springboard estimates the overall market for enterprise networking equipment in the public sector (including government and education) to have reached US$1.1 billion at the end of 2008; with a forecasted growth to US$1.7 billion by 2012, amounting to a compounded annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12%. “A major trend in the region’s public sector vertical is cross-department collaboration; state or local governments are aggressively deploying networking framework to facilitate connectivity with other states and regions,” said Nupur Singh Andley, Senior Research Analyst for Connectivity at Springboard Research. “The focus of networking investments, especially in developing markets like China and India, has shifted to semi-urban and rural pockets where even the most basic network infrastructure is not present,” Ms. Andley added.

According to the findings of a survey of Public Sector IT decision makers featured in the report, over a fifth of respondents claim that their budgets for networking are more than 40% of overall IT budgets. This trend was more prevalent in China over other regions. The survey also revealed that the main factors influencing network purchasing decisions by the respondents were equipment provider’s expertise, technological strength and value for money (in that order). The survey’s respondents rated Cisco as the top enterprise networking player in top-of-mind recall, as well as their existing equipment provider in all the three categories of data networking equipment, voice networking equipment and network security equipment. Other prominent players named by the respondents include HP-Procurve, Avaya, Juniper Networks, Nortel Networks, D-Link, Alcatel-Lucent and Checkpoint.

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