Madhu Malhotra has joined Edelweiss General Insurance as CTO to spearhead the tech function and drive digitalisation. EGI aims to redefine the insurance ecosystem in the country by using new-age technology and digitalisation. Malhotra comes with two decades of professional experience across FinTech and Telecom verticles. She was the Head of Technology at Spectra, in the recent past and served Airtel for almost 10 years.
Bharti Airtel switched to a new corporate structure to focus on digital opportunities and enable its true potential. Airtel Digital will now have all the digital assets — Wynk Music, Airtel X stream, Airtel Thanks, Mitra Payments platform — and will part of its listed entity Bharti Airtel. It will also have future digital products and services — Airtel Ads, Airtel IQ, Airtel Secure, Airtel Cloud. The telecom business will be under a newly created entity Airtel Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bharti Airtel.
Bharti Airtel has been empanelled by the CERT-IN, which will allow the Gurgaon based telco to offer cyber-security solutions to the central and state governments as well as PSUs, besides corporate clients. Airtel provides end-to-end managed security services to enterprise clients under Airtel Secure, which is a combination of Airtel’s network security with solutions delivered through global partnerships.
Airtel is collaborating with Qualcomm to fast-track the implementation of 5G services in India. The telco will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to roll-out virtualised and Open RAN-based 5G networks. The telecom giant said both companies were planning to work on developing 5G FWA for faster broadband connectivity and on introducing cost-effective broadband services as well. Airtel is also hoping to venture into newer fields like VR and Smart Homes.
Pak-based hackers, identified as ‘TeamLeets’, while working with ISI in 2018, leaked data of 26 lakh Airtel users from J&K and tried to sell it for $3500 in Bitcoin, but failed hence, dumped it on the internet. This group has also hacked the Indian government websites. It is threatening to leak more Airtel data via a new Twitter handle, ‘Red Rabbit Teams’. It created another Twitter handle, ‘PANAMA-iii, leaking data belonging to the people from the Indian Army.
Data of over 2.5 mn Airtel subscribers were up for sale on a hacker group Red Rabbit Team’s website for about three months before it disappeared on Tuesday, cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia said in a tweet. The website had details of Airtel customers names, DOB, phone numbers, addresses, and Aadhaar IDs and was up for sale for $3,500. “In this specific case, we confirm that there is no data breach at our end,” an Airtel spokesperson said.
Airtel has successfully deployed live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city. The telco’s 5G services would deliver 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency. It used liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA network technology. It would be available for commercial purpose when the adequate spectrum is available along with govt approvals. Airtel’s 5G network would be efficient across Radio, Core and Transport.
Bharti Airtel appointed Pradipt Kapoor as CIO to drive overall Engineering strategy and help the telco to realise the digital vision. Kapoor will also join the Management Board of the company and will report to Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel. Kapoor’s last assignment was at A.P. Moller – Maersk where he was Global Head of Products and Solutions Engineering for a 3000 strong organisation. He has also had formative experience as an entrepreneur.
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.