Of the 21.7 billion active connected devices worldwide, more than 11.7 billion (54 per cent) will be Internet of Things (IoT) device connections at the end of this year — a first for the industry, a new report said on Friday.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the market for the IoT devices continues to grow.
In 2020, for the first time, there are more IoT connections (connected cars, smart home devices, connected industrial equipment) than there are non-IoT connections (smartphones, laptops, and computers), according to the report prepared by market insights firm IoT Analytics.
“By 2025, it is expected that there will be more than 30 billion IoT connections, almost 4 IoT devices per person on average,” said Knud Lasse Lueth, Founder and CEO of IoT Analytics.
Compared to an analysis in mid-2018, IoT Analytics has now raised its forecast for the number of connected IoT devices in 2025 (from 21.5 billion to 30.9 billion).
Several factors are driving the growth, most notably the growing adoption in China. IoT has been booming in China at levels that seemed unimaginable a few years ago.
“While in 2015, for example, Chinese telecom companies accounted for roughly one quarter (27 per cent) of all cellular IoT connections, this number has shot up to 75 per cent in 2020 with China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile leading the global cellular IoT connections market,” Lueth informed.
The pervasive use of personal IoT devices such as fitness wearables further accelerated in the last two years and is expected to continue to do so.
“The introduction and subsequent adoption of a new generation of ecosystem-enabled smart home devices such as the Amazon Echo led to faster adoption of connected home devices than previously assumed,” the report mentioned.
Counting a mere 10 million connections in 2015, the global market for low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity was quasi non-existent five years ago.
LPWA enables IoT connections for remote battery-powered devices such as smart meters, containers in logistics, or critical infrastructure like fire hydrants in cities.
“In 2020, this market reached 423 million IoT connections and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 43 per cent to reach 2.5 billion IoT connections by 2025,” the report mentioned.
International flights to remain suspended till December 31
The Centre on Thursday extended the suspension of scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till December 31.
“This restriction shall not apply to the international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation),” an official statement said on Thursday.
“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis,” it added.
At present, India has entered into ‘Air Bubble’ agreements with several countries.
This type of arrangement allows nationals of both the countries to travel in either direction.
Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19.
Domestic flight services, however, resumed from May 25.
50% tech startups expect pre-Covid level revenue in 6 months
Indian tech start-ups are now witnessing a gradual road to recovery, with over 50 per cent of them saying that they expect revenue to reach pre-Covid level in less than six months, according to a Nasscom survey released on Wednesday.
Revenue acceleration and funding has improved the cash availability with startups, showed the findings of the “Nasscom Start-up Pulse Survey II”.
The IT industry body revisited its first tech startup pulse survey, conducted back in April-May 2020, to understand what the current perspectives are, what has changed and what the next six months look like for the tech start-up ecosystem in the country.
The results showed that 43 per cent of tech start-ups now have a runway for more than six months, compared to eight per cent in the earlier survey.
“The Indian start-up ecosystem has set a global benchmark in remaining resilient during this disruptive year,” Debjani Ghosh, President, Nasscom, said in a statement.
“Setting an example for many other industries across the globe to follow and learn from how Indian start-ups converted challenges into opportunities. A large tech start-ups pool, strong innovation focus and entrepreneur’s zeal have been the growth drivers of this ecosystem.”
The research showed that there has been an increased interest from venture capital and funding agencies to invest in seed-early stage start-ups.
Government initiatives such as Atmanirbhar Bharat, digitalisation of India, a greater focus on sustainable business models is attracting VC interest for Indian tech start-ups, Nasscom said.
Almost 25 per cent of the surveyed start-ups have been able to raise funds or find prospective investors as compared to seven per cent in the earlier survey.
Sectors like edtech, healthtech and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) continue to attract investor interests.
While the ecosystem continues to be cautious, it is increasingly looking at hiring talent with the right competencies.
As per the findings of the survey, hiring freeze at tech start-ups dropped by 20 per cent.
Digital skills — data, AI, product management, cloud architects — continue to be in high demand across the tech start-up ecosystem, Nasscom said, adding that four Indian startups became unicorns despite the pandemic.
From November 27, Lakshmi Vilas Bank will cease to exist
From November 27, the 94-year-old Karur-headquartered Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) will cease to exist officially and be amalgamated with DBS Bank India Ltd, a subsidiary of DBS Bank, Singapore.
The Central government on Wednesday notified in the official gazette that the Lakshmi Vilas Bank Limited (Amalgamation with DBS Bank India Limited) Scheme, 2020 will come into force on November 27.
As announced earlier by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its draft scheme of amalgamation, the Central government has notified: “On and from the appointed date, the entire amount of the paid-up share capital and reserves and surplus, including the balances in the shares or securities premium account of the transferor bank, shall stand written off.”
“On and from the appointed date (November 27, 2020), the transferor bank shall cease to exist by operation of this Scheme, and its shares or debentures listed in any stock exchange shall stand delisted without any further action from the transferor bank, transferee bank or order from any authority,” the notification states.
As per the amalgamation scheme, all the employees of the LVB shall continue in service and be deemed to have been appointed in DBS Bank India at the same remuneration and on the same terms and conditions of service, as were applicable to such employees immediately before the close of business on November 17 – the day when the LVB board was superseded and an administrator was appointed.
The notified scheme also enables DBS Bank India to discontinue the services of the key managerial personnel of the LVB after following the due procedure at any time after November 27, as it deems necessary, and providing them compensation as per the terms of their employment.
As per the notified scheme, DBS Bank India has the option of merging the 563 branches of LVB according to its convenience or close down or shift as per the instructions issued by the RBI.
Interestingly, DBS Bank India, with about 33 branches, has a deposit base of about Rs 20,000 crore and has much less employees.
On the other hand the LVB, with a branch network of 563, has a deposit base of Rs 20,000 crore spread over 20 lakh depositors.
Member of LVB’s superseded board Shakti Sinha had told IANS that for the bank’s size, the branch network was huge and nearly 200 of them were loss making.
“Nearly 100 branches were unviable. In these days of digital banking, there is all the possibility of DBS Bank India rationalising LVB’s branch network as well as the number of staff. The business per employee in the case of LVB was low compared to its peers,” he said.
He said there is every possibility of DBS Bank India going in for rationalisation of branch network and staff and saving on rent and salaries at a future date.
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