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Mumbai based conglomerate, Reliance Industries, plans to invest $9 billion dollars into the country’s first integrated industrial area. Following the announcement, more than 20 global technology companies including Cisco, Dell, Siemens and HP have enthusiastically agreed to invest in the initiative. Local media reports claim company chairman, Mukesh Ambani, believes India has the capacity to outpace and overtake China in the manufacturing sector.
In a move to capitalize on the challenges of urban management, Nokia has announced a number of smart city services that will allow operators to sell data through blockchain enabled smart contracts. One solution involves deploying and integrating sensors into a real-time monitoring platform. Known as “sensing-as-a-service”, this technology will be able to detect illegal construction, the burning of rubbish and other environmental changes. Nokia’s suite of additional services includes secure MVNO’s for public safety agencies and an Integrated Operations Center for smart city management.
According to reports from O Globo, AT&T is considering a bid on Brazil’s 700-MHz spectrum, which goes to auction later this year. While they already own the country’s largest satellite provider, Sky Brazil, AT&T could gain entry as a mobile network operator (MNO) with the purchase of unsold spectrum blocks from the country’s previous auction in 2014. Bid’s will be open to new and existing operators, which puts AT&T up against four major players in Brazil’s competitive mobile market who already account for more than 175 million connections.