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Microsoft to use ‘white space’ tech for free internet in India
Microsoft India is ready with a plan to provide free last-mile internet connectivity across the country. It proposes to use
the "white space" - the unused spectrumbetween two TV channels - to provide free connectivity to large sections of the
Indian population.
"Wifi has a range of only about 100 metres, whereas the 200-300 MHz spectrum band available in the white space can
reach up to 10 km," said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman, Microsoft India. "This spectrumbelongsmainly to Doordarshan and
the government and is not used at all. We have sought clearance for a pilot project in two districts."
If the pilots are successful, the project can be quickly rolled out across the country and could give a huge boost to Prime
MinisterNarendraModi's Digital India initiative, which proposes to use technology to deliver governance to every citizen
of India, even in remote areas. "The challenge is the lack of digital infrastructureacross India. This initiative addresses this
challenge in a cost-effective manner and creates an eco-system that will benefit everyone, including manufacturers of
routers and other technology devices, other technology companies, besides Microsoft," Pramanik said.
Microsoft's initiativealso take forward the PrimeMinister's slogan of "IT + IT = IT", which is Indian talent plus informati on
technology equals India tomorrow and also give a push to the 'Make in India' campaign by encouraging the manufacture
of equipment locally. Microsoft, which was part of an international consortium that included BT, Nokia and BBC,
conducted the most widespread field trials on white space -based Internet connectivity in Cambridge, US, in 2011. The
technology hasn't been widely adopted anywhere in the world, but experts believe it can lead to a spurt in broadband
connectivity in countries such as India. Engineers atMicrosoft development centers in India have adapted this unlicensed
technology for this country.
The ambitious Digital Indiaproject envisages providing broadband connectivity across the country by connecting 250,000
gram panchayats via optic fibre cables, thereby providing digital infrastructure as a utility to ev ery citizen, digital
governance and services on demand and digitally empowering all citizens.
The plan was approved by the Modi Cabinet on August 30.
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CCI gives nod to Mylan-Abbott merger
GenericdrugmakerMylan Inc. andUS-based Abbott Industries have received the Competition Commission of India's (CCI)
nod to proceed with their merger. The fair trade regulator has cleared the application made by New Moon BV, a new
company incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, for the purpose of this merger. New Moon BV had approached
the CCI on 12 August.
Abbott's established pharmaceutical products (EPP) segment will merge with Mylan's existing business, which will then
vest withNewMoon. Abbott's EPP segment includes specialty pharmaceutical products and branded generics. Abbott will
have a 21% shareholding in New Moon. New Moon's wholly-owned subsidiary, Moon of PA Inc., has been newly
incorporated to help with the merger. This wholly-owned subsidiary will be subsumed under Mylan. Thereafter, the
common stock of Mylan will be cancelled. New Moon will issue its stock to Mylan's former shareholders to become the
parent company of Mylan.
"Former shareholders of Mylanwill own approximately 78% and Abbott and its affiliates will own approximately 22% of
shareholding in the Acquirer (New Moon)," the CCI order states.