All stories by Romita Majumdar
Inside the toxic world of online trollsRediff.com16 Jan 2020
A Molotov cocktail of lies, abuse and bigotry is blowing up social media.
E-commerce, tech firms call for clarity on Personal Data Protection BillRediff.com5 Dec 2019
The biggest fear many of the e-commerce firms have is the possible requirement to change business models overnight, which would drastically increase costs as well as disrupt businesses.
Jio, too, is bitten by the slowdown bugRediff.com20 Nov 2019
It reported adding 698,3146 subscribers in September, the lowest since it added 6.1 million in November 2017.
How online video is becoming a promotional tool for brandsRediff.com25 Oct 2019
Video isn't just about old school television shows, advertisements and tutorials anymore - short, crisp and engaging content across different formats is becoming increasingly popular in a world where stories are consumed on the go.
How TCS employees can become eligible for higher pay packageRediff.com22 Oct 2019
Campus recruits can also aim to double the existing entry level package by proving their skills through the TCS national qualifier tests.
Active telecom user base falls in AugustRediff.com22 Oct 2019
Active subscriber base declined by 2.2 million on a month-on-month (MoM) basis to 970.2 million in August 2019, on the back of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea losing customers. Jio was the only operator to add 7.2 million active subscribers in the same month.
Tech Mahindra secures large multi-year AT&T dealRediff.com6 Sep 2019
Together, AT&T and TechM aim to improve the agility in rolling out and supporting networks of the future, while improving returns on investment through technology-led transformation.
Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel continue to lose users; Jio gainsRediff.com20 Aug 2019
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,183.15 million at the end of May to 1,186.63 million at the end of June.
Airtel beats Vodafone Idea to become India's No 2 telcoRediff.com6 Aug 2019
What worked for Airtel was that its data traffic growth was 13 per cent sequentially and its average data usage was even higher than Jio's at 11.9 gigabyte per month per user.
Why JioPhone is no more popular in BharatRediff.com5 Aug 2019
Used smartphones are gaining popularity in the hinterland, the main market for JioPhone. Share of JioPhone in the feature phone market had shrunk from 47% in Q2 of 2018 to 28% a year after.
TCS to hire campus placements all yearRediff.com12 Jul 2019
The campus placements process usually starts in July-August, but is likely to start earlier this year.
India's rural mobile phone base slips furtherRediff.com26 Jun 2019
According to telcos and analysts, this is due to SIM consolidation happening after the minimum recharge plans were implemented by incumbents.
US plan to cap H-1B visas can be devastatingRediff.com21 Jun 2019
The proposed annual quota for Indian companies could be between 10 and 15 per cent. Currently, there are no country-specific limits on H-1B allotment.
Why telcos have little interest in 5G auctionsRediff.com17 Jun 2019
Bharti Airtel called the prices exorbitant while Vodafone Idea wants the auctions take place in 2020. The auctions need to happen when the infrastructure is ready for the roll out, be it in terms of fiberisation levels, or optimisation of equipment and software etc. Spending a hefty amount on a technology (airwaves) that at present offers limited returns is not going to be a priority for the incumbent telcos.
With a stake in Meesho, Facebook makes 1st start-up investment in IndiaRediff.com14 Jun 2019
Founded in 2015, Meesho is one of the country's fastest growing social commerce platforms, and provides small and independent entrepreneurs with products and tools to start, maintain, and grow their businesses. Facebook's interest in the digital commerce follows Reliance Industries' entry into the hybrid e-commerce ecosystem.
Dream 11 founders: Fantasy sports champsRediff.com13 Jun 2019
Following their passion paid off for Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth with their fantasy sports platform Dream11 entering the unicorn club with a valuation of over $1 billion.
India is blessed - you have lot of talent here: Cisco CEORediff.com10 Jun 2019
In an interview with Peerzada Abrar and Romita Majumdar, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said that his company would continue to bet heavily on India's engineering talent pool.
Minimum recharge, not 4G subscribers behind Airtel's Q4 revenue growthRediff.com4 Jun 2019
Airtel reported a 19 per cent rise in its ARPU in the March quarter, as it removed the non-paying users from its network.
Tech Mahindra bags $100-mn outsourcing deal from Vodafone New ZealandRediff.com28 May 2019
According to reports, Vodafone NZ had offered all its employees, other than call centre and retail staffers, voluntary severance package
The big challenge brands are facing in IndiaRediff.com8 May 2019
The digital audience knows the difference between healthy suggestions, which are welcome, and a downright breach of privacy, which is abhorred.
Can Vodafone Idea reap synergy benefits?Rediff.com23 Apr 2019
India's largest telecom operator in terms of subscriber numbers has been struggling to raise its share of subscribers in the market for fourth-generation technology services.
Reliance Jio transfers fibre and tower infrastructureRediff.com3 Apr 2019
The optic fibre cable infra was with Jio Digital Fibre and the tower infra with Reliance Jio Infratel
Non-metros see surge in number porting requestsRediff.com1 Apr 2019
The highest number of requests are in Karnataka (39.18 million) and Tamil Nadu (35.56 million).
Larsen & Toubro all set to launch its 'Nxt' disruptionRediff.com30 Mar 2019
Honed and utilised in-house for over three years, the engineering major's new arm - L&T-Nxt - will focus on AI, IoT, vitual reality and cyber security among other fields of digitisation.
How Tech Mahindra plans to use 5G to boost revenueRediff.com25 Mar 2019
Tech Mahindra is building 5G use cases with US-based hospitals to help manage devices remotely and eventually manage remote surgeries that will require seamless network connectivity.
Want a high paying job? Here's what you should specialise inRediff.com20 Feb 2019
Global companies, e-commerce platforms and software product firms all want skilled digital workers.
Telcos eye loyal customers to boost revenue gainsRediff.com12 Feb 2019
With telecom disruptor Reliance Jio not raising tariffs, incumbents Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are focusing on the minimum monthly recharge and higher first recharge offers to ensure they retain only loyal and revenue-incremental subscribers, reports Romita Majumdar.
Telcos face a new challenge: More voice calls, but less revenueRediff.com10 Feb 2019
From spending a little less than three hours on making voice calls, Indians are spending well over 5 hours. So, while people make more calls, they are spending less than ever, reports Romita Majumdar.
Exit Vodafone pug, enter network engineerRediff.com25 Jan 2019
The latest ad, done by O&M again, Vodafone's ad agency, shows two engineers tinkering away in a dimly-lit highway tunnel.
'Our entry into 2019 is much better than how we entered 2018'Rediff.com24 Jan 2019
We'll see what happens with Brexit. Either way, there will be technology spends because people have to develop and modify new systems.
How brands are making a splash at Kumbh MelaRediff.com23 Jan 2019
Milk booths by Amul and Mother Dairy, a Kumbh phone by Reliance Jio, Dabur's toothpaste dispensers are among the many initiatives by brands steadying for a stint on haloed ground.
Why IT firms are riding high!Rediff.com22 Jan 2019
From acquiring creative agencies, to setting up onsite innovation centres and turning around BFSI with entirely new digital offerings, 2018 had seen the IT industry going from initial lows to new highs.
TCS looks at India to chip in more as cost of executing onshore projects spikesRediff.com19 Jan 2019
Under its Agile business model, the company has started using its off-shore base up to the extent of 90 per cent which, along with several other measures, will benefit its operating margins, said Chief Operating Officer N Ganapathy Subramaniam.
Airtel, Vodafone to lose 50 mn usersRediff.com30 Dec 2018
These customers will be unable to meet the lowest recharge requirements for Jio, meaning they will either exit the market or migrate to BSNL/MTNL.
Hackathon major plans to set up US ops in 2019Rediff.com8 Dec 2018
While HackerEarth has clients and developers globally, the US consists more than a third of the revenue stream, and plans to ramp it up to 60 per cent of the total share.
Anil Ambani all set to sell RCom's spectrum to JioRediff.com4 Dec 2018
Supreme Court had asked the government to issue RCom a NoC for spectrum sale to Reliance Jio Infocomm by December 9 if it furnishes a corporate guarantee of Rs 1,400 crore
Emotix, a Mumbai-based startup launches personal robot for kidsRediff.com29 Nov 2018
The robot can hold long conversations, track the child's mood and is controlled from an app on the parents' smartphone
How Voda Idea readies to fight rivalsRediff.com23 Nov 2018
The management plans to invest Rs 27,000 crore in 2019-20, supported by savings of around Rs 14,000 crore that it expects to come from synergising operations of merged entities.
Democrats' win in US mid-terms opens a door of hope for IT firmsRediff.com21 Nov 2018
With Democrats having an upper hand in US Congress, the Donald Trump administration will find it difficult to come up with any future legislative changes with regard to visa regulations.
TCS buys digital design firm W12 Studios, its 1st acquisition in 5 yearsRediff.com2 Nov 2018
W12 Studios will be part of TCS Interactive, further strengthening the already impressive array of creative and experience services it offers