Saturday, November 27, 2021

Vi Showcases Demonstrates 5G Technology Solutions For Digital India


* Showcases wide range of 5G Use Cases for Enterprises & Consumers in Pune, Maharashtra and Gandhinagar, Gujarat

* Conducts 5G trials on Govt. allocated 5G spectrum with technology partners Ericsson and Nokia, along with ecosystem players and Indian start-ups including L&T Smart World & Communication, Athonet, Vizzbee & Tweek Labs

Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), leading telecom operator, today demonstrated a range of 5G-based technology solutions as part of its ongoing 5G trials on Govt. allocated 5G spectrum in Pune, Maharashtra and Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

According to Ravinder Takkar, MD & CEO, Vodafone Idea Limited, “With our 5G trials underway, Vi is preparing to take India on the next journey of fifth generation wireless mobile communication technology. Our 5G trials showcase a whole new world of possibilities across various domains that promise a new era of technology advancement in India. I am confident that 5G will bring a better tomorrow that will deliver significant benefits to consumers, businesses and society, driving digital economy growth in India.” 

With the purpose for a better tomorrow, Vi has been conducting 5G trials and developed a wide range of use cases relevant for Enterprises and Consumers in India. Vi has partnered with industry leaders like L&T Smart World & Communication, Athonet, Indian start-ups like Vizzbee & Tweek Labs, and technology leaders – Ericsson and Nokia for trialling use cases in the two locations.

Committed to helping its customers thrive and have a better tomorrow, Vi is leveraging the power of 5G technology across segments such as industry 4.0, smart cities, smart healthcare, smart workplace, smart education, smart agriculture, gaming, amongst others. Vi’s trials have proven that high data speed, low latency and reliability of 5G technology, can bring about massive developments by enhancing business performance, revolutionizing customer experience, changing consumer lifestyle and positively impacting people dwelling in remote corners of India. 

Vi has been allocated 26 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum in the mmWave band by the DoT, for 5G network trials and use cases. Vi has achieved peak speeds in excess of 1.5 Gbps on 3.5 GHz, more than 4.2 Gbps on 26 GHz and up to 9.8 Gbps on backhaul spectrum of E-bands.

The 5G trial network set up by Vi in Pune, deploys Ericsson Radios and Ericsson Dual Mode Core based on cloud native technology comprising of 5G SA, 5G NSA & LTE packet core functions. All use cases demonstrated in Pune have been developed over Ericsson’s 5G technology solutions.

In Gandhinagar, Vi is using Nokia’s AirScale radio portfolio and Microwave E-band solution for the trial that support enterprises, both large and small and medium businesses with reliable connectivity. Vi use cases in Gandhinagar were demonstrated via a live telecast at the special media preview held in Pune.

Refer Annexure for List of Vi 5G Uses Cases in Pune & Gandhinagar.

About Vodafone Idea Limited

Vodafone Idea Limited is an Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Group partnership. It is India’s leading telecom service provider. The Company provides pan India Voice and Data services across 2G, 3G and 4G platform and has a 5G ready network. With the large spectrum portfolio to support the growing demand for data and voice, the company is committed to deliver delightful customer experiences and contribute towards creating a truly ‘Digital India’ by enabling millions of citizens to connect and build a better tomorrow. The Company is developing infrastructure to introduce newer and smarter technologies, making both retail and enterprise customers future ready with innovative offerings, conveniently accessible through an ecosystem of digital channels as well as extensive on-ground presence. The Company is listed on National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India. The company offers products and services to its customers in India under the TM Brand name “Vi”.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Hero Motocorp Appoints Former SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar As Independent Non-Executive Director On The Board


Vasudha Dinodia Also Joins The Companys Board As Non-Executive Director  

Continuing with its strategic initiatives to achieve its new Vision - “Be the Future of Mobility”, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, has further augmented its leadership by onboarding distinct experts to its Board of Directors. 

Mr. Rajnish Kumar - former chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) - has been appointed as an Independent non-executive Director on the Board of the Company. 

Mr. Kumar completed his three-year term as chairman of SBI in October 2020.  He is credited with steering the bank successfully through very challenging times and adopting key technology transformations. During his tenure, the Bank developed YONO, a digital platform, which established SBI as a global leader in the adoption of technology and innovation.

Mr. Kumar is a career banker with nearly four decades of service with the State Bank of India. His expertise in corporate credit and project finance is well recognised. He currently serves as an Independent Director on the Boards of many other prestigious companies viz. HSBC, Asia Pacific, L&T Infotech and is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Resilient Innovations P Ltd. (BharatPe). 

Hero MotoCorp also appointed Ms. Vasudha Dinodia – an immensely successful next-gen entrepreneur credited with founding the boutique chocolate start-up Choko La in 2005 - as a non-executive Director on the Board of the Company. 

Ms. Dinodia has been an astute marketing strategist and third-generation entrepreneur from the eminent Munjal Family. Ms. Dinodia has scaled Choko La to be a globally recognised, premier chocolate brand with its presence across the US, Europe and Asia. The brand has several Premium Chocolate Boutiques and has partnered with global Duty-Free operators across 13 international airports, including Singapore, Macau, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Goa, Jaipur, Raipur, and the new outlets are coming up in Hong Kong, Berlin, Dubai, Melbourne and Philippines airports in the next fiscal. 

In the next five years, the brand plans to expand their boutiques to London, Paris, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Tokyo. 

A trendsetting chocolatier and an astute businesswoman, Ms. Dinodia has grown the brand and diversified it to create a Choko la Constellation that is unique in its approach to customer satisfaction. The brand offers a wide array of products and services ranging from customized gifting to cafes and boutiques.

Ms. Camille Tang - a well-known name in the global technology landscape – was recently appointed as an Independent non-executive Director on the Board of the Company. Ms. Tang brings with her several decades of rich and diverse global experience in varied sectors such as finance, retail, technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). She is currently an advisor on software and white label SaaS startups in Canada and the USA.

She is the co-founder of Convenient Power, which delivers integrated solutions beyond mainstream Analog and Power management products and services. She was also the Co-Chair, and part of Steering Group (Board) for Wireless Power Consortium, an open, collaborative standards development group. 

Ms. Tang is an alumnus of the Stanford and Harvard Universities and sits on several other global Advisory Boards. A citizen of the USA, she is currently engaged in multiple public service initiatives.

With these current appointments, Hero MotoCorp now has 11 Board Members, of which 25% are women, thereby clearly exhibiting the Company’s focus on Diversity & Inclusion, which will significantly enhance the Company’s performance. 

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Joins Hands With International School Of Business & Media For Skill Development


In its pursuit of contributing to Skill India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International School of Business and Media (ISBM), Bangalore,  through its training arm - Toyota Learning and Development India. The initiative is focused on sharing Toyota’s best practices with the faculty, bridge the industry-academia gap and equip students with employable skills.

Talking about the collaboration, Dr. S. Jayaraman, Director, ISBM said, “We are delighted to enter into an association with the global leader in manufacturing. Toyota's practices have inspired many organizations around the world. Through this partnership, students of ISBM will get access to knowledge of global practices of Toyota to enrich themselves and equip with skills required to be industry ready. ISBM is a school with a difference and our values are built on egalitarianism, mutual respect, and openness. We always follow best practices and standards with a spirit of responsibility, liberty, integrity, and a sense of partnership. We look forward to an enduring relationship with TKM for creating transformational leaders”.

Sharing his thoughts on the tie-up, Mr. G. Shankara, Vice President, Human Resources and Services Group, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “At Toyota, we identify the career aspirations of the employees and develop their skills, knowledge and attitude from a mid-to-long-term perspective. As a result, our employees have won laurels at national and international forums. In continuation to TKM’s vision of ‘Grow India and Grow with India’, we intend to enrich the skills and quality of students in India by sharing Toyota’s best practices with our stakeholders thereby producing happiness and developing competitiveness among the youth”.

“TKM’s skill development center, Gurukul, has trained more than 35,000 youth since its inception. The company also plays a pivotal role in developing the faculty from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and engineering colleges in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha. This year, TKM has conducted webinars on electrified vehicle technologies for more than 6,000 engineering students spread across 10 states in India. Additionally, it has taken the initiative to develop an ITI in all the 31 districts of Karnataka,” Mr. G. Shankara added.

Under the MoU, the program will focus on developing the faculty and students from Engineering, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Media streams. Students will be trained in topics like lean manufacturing, supply chain management, xEV technologies, strategic financial management, human resources management etc. Trainers certified by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan and Asia-Pacific Global Production Center (AP-GPC), Thailand will impart the training.

Photo Caption (L to R) >> Mr. Roshan R, DGM, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Dr. S. Jayaraman, Director, ISBM and Dr. Rengarajan Srinivasan, Associate Professor (Finance), ISBM during MoU signing ceremony.

Kinara Capital Launches myKinara Mobile App For MSME Collateral-Free Loans


myKinara app available in vernacular with eKYC, decisioning-to-disbursement process within 24-hours

Kinara Capital, a fast-growing fintech, recently launched myKinara mobile app that comes with a simple 3-step process and is a first of its kind in the unsecured MSME business lending space. myKinara app, now live on the Google Play Store, puts the power at the fingertips of small business entrepreneurs to securely apply and receive collateral-free business loans digitally within 24-hours turnaround time (TAT).

Leveraging years of Kinara’s proprietary data-driven AI/ML-based credit decisioning, the myKinara app now makes the digital process used by field officers directly accessible to MSMEs in India. The myKinara app is available in multiple languages including, English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati. Women-owned MSMEs qualify for an automatic discount under the company’s HerVikas programme, without requiring any separate application.

“With the proliferation of smartphones, MSMEs are ready and willing to participate in digital India, but there are limited solutions for them. Our vernacular myKinara app extends our financial inclusion commitment by enabling small business entrepreneurs to create a self-directed loan application journey. Fast decisioning, processing, and disbursements in a span of 24 hours goes a long way in meeting the demands of our customers, thereby supporting their business growth,” said Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital.

Small business entrepreneurs can check their eligibility in under 1-minute without any document uploads in the first step. By completing KYC and income verification in the app directly, the applicant will receive a loan decision with details of the approved loan amount, interest rate, loan tenor and the approximate Monthly EMI. They can then continue the loan disbursement process with an e-sign option.

With the myKinara app, small business entrepreneurs can choose to complete the process in their own time with help always just a click away. They can contact Kinara’s multilingual customer call center directly from the app, or request for doorstep customer service if they need in-person support. Kinara’s vast network of 110 branches will continue to help local MSMEs and follow the same digital process as available on the myKinara app.

About Kinara Capital

Kinara Capital is a fast-growing fintech propelling financial inclusion of small business entrepreneurs in India. Boasting a women-majority management team, Kinara Capital has set itself apart in the industry with its emphasis on social impact and profitable growth. Globally recognized for its innovative approach, Kinara earned the ‘Bank of the Year-Asia’ award by the IFC, is ranked among the ‘Top 100 High-Growth Companies in Asia-Pacific’ by the Financial Times and is named among ‘India’s Growth Champions’ by the Economic Times. Kinara Capital is qualified as a Systemically Important NBFC by the Reserve Bank of India and is a debt listed entity on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Founded in 2011, Kinara Capital has made a mark with its innovation in financial inclusion  by providing fast and flexible collateral-free loans in the range of INR 1-30 lakhs across 300+ MSME sub-sectors serving 3000+ pincodes in India. Headquartered in Bangalore, Kinara Capital has 110 branches across 90+ cities in India. Click here for more information kinaracapital.com and follow us on Twitter @KinaraCapital. Download the myKinara app on the Google Play Store.

NUON Exclusive To Westside Explores Bengaluru Through The Eyes Of City’s Most Exciting Multi-Disciplinary Artists


NUON exclusive to Westside, one of the leading fashion brands in the country today collaborated with Bengaluru based artists, whose work and performances are a rage in the city and online. The NUON x BLR collaboration is a conversation with amazing young artists who resonate with the brand and are known for creating love with art. As part of the collaboration, NUON by Westside has also produced a video that captures Bengaluru’s 5 most popular spaces, seen through the eyes of these artists, and the relationship they have with these spaces.

Digital illustrator Nori (@noriiart) loves Bengaluru’s favourite Cubbon Park and is constantly finding inspiration from the lush greenery and tranquil surroundings when she spends time there. For interior designer Chirag (@chizzy_96) Bengaluru’s popular indigenous fashion store and cafĂ©, Go Native, is where he finds his chi, escaping the concrete jungle, and enjoying inner peace. The Holy Stoked Skatepark, by India’s premiere skateboarding company, is where model and actress, Ria Nalavade (@riaoninsta), loves to unwind. It’s a different experience skateboarding there, and we agree. For dancer Divya Easwaran (@divya_easwaran), the spirit of Bengaluru is captured by the vibrancy of Church Street, and everybody who’s been there, knows what she means.

Musician Abheet Anand (@abheetanand) believes that Bengaluru’s identity is in delivering great filter kaapi and every place that serves it, becomes a celebration of the city.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS-uSG4-kHg

NUON has always supported individuality and the freedom to express one’s true self through fashion, which is why it has been a favourite with young adults since its inception. The brand’s zero-judgment approach to fashion, along with keeping up with global casual and streetwear trends, makes it the go-to cool brand for today’s generation. This collaboration with Digital illustrator Nori (@noriiart), interior designer Chirag (@chizzy_96), model and actress Ria Nalavade (@riaoninsta), dancer Divya Easwaran (@divya_easwaran), and Musicians Abheet Anand (@abheetanand) is another way for the brand to be relevant to its young consumers, building a relationship with a city, its identity, with people who identify with it, and to understand what makes Bengaluru truly bombat!

bheet and Dhanush (@dhanush_hp), and Nori, creating original music and art, exclusively for NUON x BLR & Divya choregraphed a dance.

Abheet & Dhanush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSlrKsSk0qU

Nori: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDbO7YW_Cpg

Divya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fjPPcz9-Ic

Speaking about the collaboration Umashan Naidoo, Head – Customer at Westside said, “Fashion is a reflection of the times. We’ve been through waves of uncertainty. We celebrate and encourage what we call warriors of passion and are so excited to share their joy.”

With the city’s multi-cultural identity, and its ability to strike a fine balance between its rich history, nature, heritage, and tech-forward modernization, Bengaluru presents a fantastic ethos for individuals who are excited by the road less taken. These artists exemplify new Bengaluru, and how the city’s culture and dynamism resonates with the city’s new generation. NUON celebrates this new Bengaluru, and the freedom to authentically live out our true selves.

About Trent:

Established in 1998 and part of the Tata group, Trent is headquartered in Mumbai but has pan-India operations. Trent operates Westside, one of India’s largest and fastest growing retail chains.

The company has already established 186 Westside stores measuring 8,000-34,000 sq. ft. The Westside format offers an exclusive range of its own branded fashion apparel and continues to be the mainstay of the retailing business of the company. Some of the departments include women’s wear, menswear, kids’ wear, footwear, cosmetics, perfumes and handbags, household furniture, accessories, lingerie, and gifts.

Prof Dr YSR Murthy, VC, RV University Delivers Address At “Principals Symposium” Event


Learning for the sake of pure joy must be inculcated in the students’ said Prof (Dr) YSR Murthy, Founder Vice Chancellor RV University. He was addressing a gathering of school directors, principals, and teachers from over 430 CBSE schools in the city. The occasion was the first general body meeting ‘Principals’ Symposium’ of Bangalore Sahodaya Schools Complex Association (BSSCA). The event also witnessed their first award felicitation ceremony. It was organized by BSSCA, and the main sponsors were Pearl Academy and UPES.  

Prof (Dr) YSR Murthy was deeply impressed with the thought, creativity and innovation that had gone into naming the categories of the awards that were instituted by BSSCA and wished that such awards were instituted for teachers in every state across the country. Applauding the efforts of teachers during the pandemic, he called them warriors who rose to the occasion despite personal and systemic challenges with the sole purpose of imparting knowledge. “As teachers, we have to light the spark in students that would inspire them. A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. The future of teaching is to incorporate contemporary examples, inculcate critical thinking and reasoning skills. 20 years from now, let us command respect through personal examples inspiring pedagogy”

MyGate To Strengthen Talent With 200 New Hires By March 2022


* Focus on hiring in tech and product teams, following strong growth and introduction of new verticals

MyGate, India’s largest community app, plans to create over 200 new jobs over Q4 2021-22, to grow new business verticals, such as Community and Brand Engagement and Home Services. Engineering and product departments, based in Bengaluru, would account for the majority of its talent search, with the team expected to hit a size of 200 from the current 130. The business development function would see the next largest growth spurt, with new joinees spread across the country.

Over the past year, MyGate has added 10,000 housing societies and grown its presence to 25,000 societies across 25+ cities, despite the pandemic. App usage, therefore, is at an all-time high with 3.8 million daily approval requests and nearly Rs. 4 crore in daily society maintenance collections. Further, the company’s new verticals are also showing strong growth. MyGate has begun working with hundreds of brands on its Brand Engagement vertical and will also build its Home Services vertical. In early, limited pilots in Bengaluru, 10% of daily active users in the target audience have explored Home Services on the app.

Speaking on the need to grow the team, Abhishek Kumar, COO & Co-founder, MyGate, said, “Given the vast room for growth in the space, and our positive results in new areas such as Brand & Community Engagement and Home Services, we are excited to grow the team and quickly work toward solving the many challenges that lie ahead of us.”

Amritesh Shukla, Head of Human Resources, MyGate, said, “As one of the premier technology companies in the country, we have created a strong learning environment and provide our team with the unique opportunity to work in multiple domains, such as community management, fintech and proptech, and deliver a product that improves the lives of over 3.5 million homes many times every day.”

As per a recent report by RedSeer Consulting, MyGate commands a market share of nearly 82% in the gated community management space, which still has a penetration of just 25% and a total market opportunity of up to $40 billion.

About MyGate

Founded in 2016, MyGate is the largest community app in the country, simplifying urban living of over 3.5 million homes in 25,000+ housing societies. It was ranked #4 on YourStory’s list of India’s Most Disruptive Start-ups in December 2019 and one of India’s coolest start-ups by Business Today in 2019. MyGate was founded by Vijay Arisetty, an ex- IAF pilot (Shaurya Chakra awardee), Abhishek K, former VP at Goldman Sachs, and Shreyans Daga, former project head at Oracle and Digit. For more information, please see https://mygate.com/

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