MeitY will collaborate with AWS to set up a quantum computing apps lab in India to help accelerate quantum computing-led research and development and enable new scientific discoveries. AWS will also provide quantum computing-as-a-service to ministries and govt departments, researchers, scientists, academia and developers to enable advances in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and aerospace engineering.
TCS has been selected by mobile network carrier, Three UK to help it configure the mobile network for its ongoing rollout of 5G services. The network currently is live in 175 towns and cities in the UK, across over 1,000 sites. According to TCS, the work would include configuring the core network for new site deployments, performance management, and 3G, 4G tuning changes. “TCS software will speed-up configuration checking and reduce manual errors,” a statement said.
Bharti Group-backed UK based OneWeb had received $1.4bn funding from SoftBank Group and Hughes Network to help it launch a first-gen 648 satellites fleet, by the end of 2022. In Dec 2020, it launched 36 new satellites, built at its Airbus plant, bringing its total fleet to 110 satellites, all fully-functioning and benefiting from ITU spectrum priority. OneWeb put forward its proposals to the IN-SPACe to open up space business along with AWS and 22 other firms in India.
Nokia has partnered with Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and let clients offer services like smart retail, automated manufacturing etc. Nokia will bring its expertise in 5G network, while Google Cloud will provide the platform for launching apps. Cloud computing units of big tech firms are partnering with telcos ahead of the deployment of 5G network to corner a share in new businesses the new tech might enable.
Intel said that it would ramp up the production of a new data centre chip in the Q1 and a new generation of chipmaking tech would become a key part of its output this year. “Ice Lake” server chips made on the 10-nanometer process would start ramping up production this quarter with the introduction of 50 new processor designs for PCs, 30 of those using the new 10-nanometer tech. It would also work on a lidar sensor, a laser-based device for vehicles to obtain a 3D view of the road.
Lenovo will introduce ThinkReality A3, a pair of enterprise AR glasses, in the middle of the year. The headset sports a 1080p resolution, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chip. A pair of fish-eye cameras provide motion tracking, while an eight-megapixel RGB camera grabs video for remote use. The device can be used from factory floors and labs to retail and hospitality spaces, as apps can power remote assistance, guided workflows, and 3D visualisation.
Intel has introduced ‘Intel RealSense ID’, an on-device solution to deliver a secure and accurate facial authentication to be deployed on ATMs, kiosks, PoS, and smart locks. The tech adapts to users feature change over a period and different light conditions for people with different complexions or heights. It’s anti-spoofing tech spots false entry attempts through photographs, videos or masks and has a “one-in-million” false acceptance rate.
Microsoft is planning an overhaul of its OS in 2021. Microsoft has advertised for a software engineering role, calling “Windows is BACK.” “On this team, you’ll work to ensure that Windows is considered the best user OS experience for customers,” the posting read. Microsoft is also working on improving UI consistency in the past including Project Latte to let developers publish Android apps on Windows 10 with little to zero changes in the codes.
Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea to push the govt to revise a policy to include the new 5G airwave bands approved by the International Telecom Union for speedy auctioning of the 26 Ghz mm waves for 5G service in India. The govt is yet to clear the air on the timing of 5G spectrum sale, but it may happen later this year. Telcos and DoT want to ensure that both 26 Ghz mm, above and in 3.3-3.6 Ghz mm are auctioned in the 5G spectrum sale.