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Tim Cook to meet with major Indian Carriers to forge ‘strategic partnerships’ for LTE rollout

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is preparing his team for discussions with the world’s top telecom providers to begin developing partnerships for the sales and distribution of devices throughout India, a market the company has recently amped up efforts to crack.

Apple’s top brass view the South Asian nation’s widening 4G network as the vehicle that will not only boost sales of its popular iPhone, but also that of its other products, such as the iPad and Apple TV.

Cook said the advent of high-speed 4G internet networks in the country will expand the market for greater iPhone exposure, and has on multiple occasions in recent months pinpointed India as a key market for Apple. Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile provider, and Reliance Jio Infocomm, are preparing to introduce nationwide commercial 4G networks to the country later this year.

Apple and Bharti Airtel have already begun strategy discussions on how best to approach the situation on a broader level, according to a senior executive in a report from the Economic TimesThe talks have included distribution options, the development of a retail chain and the training of sales personnel, according to the report.

Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal will meet with Cook on Friday. Cook has additional plans to meet with Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry and consultancy services CEO N Chandrasekaran and Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood. He is also likely to sit for meetings with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

A senior executive of Reliance Retail, a company which already has an established distribution network for 4G handsets, said that while the bundling of Apple products was an option, the two company’s could possibly discuss the idea of using Reliance’s network as a vehicle to expand into untapped networks. Newer markets could be targeted as part of Reliance’s rollout of its Jio 4G services.

“The distribution network will purely focus on 4G devices to push adoption of 4G services, which is of interest to Apple since currently it reaches around 10,000-odd outlets and it wants to make deeper inroads in India along with the services,” the executive said, according to the Times report.

Cook has said he believes sales of Apple’s iPhone will improve significantly once the 4G networks gain traction across the nation. Smartphone sales in India have been stagnant and have been flooded with mostly “low-end” models because of the existing networks, he said.

“The thing that (has) held not only us back, perhaps but some others as well, is that the LTE rollout in India just really began this year, and so we’ll begin to see some really good networks coming on in India,” Cook had said during a conference call last month.

“That will unleash the power and capability of the iPhone in a way that an older network, a 2.5G, or even some 3G networks, would not do,” he added.

Apple currently possesses just three percent of the volume share of India’s smartphone market, which translates to an overall value of 11 percent. However, in the premium segment or handsets priced over Rs 30,000, both Samsung and Apple are neck and neck, together accounting for more than 95% of the segment.

During his trip to Mumbai, Cook is also expected to discuss the idea of developing iOS applications in India, and the potential of launching an accelerator for iOS developers.

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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