Bharat Bytes: 5G roll out; Addverb’s new development centre; Spike in mobile attacks; RPA revenue growth; Security spending rises

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India to get 5G services by October

The fifth generation (5G) telecom services are likely to be launched in India by October 2022 as the government successfully completed the spectrum auction mopping up over Rs 1.50 lakh crore in bids by four companies including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Adani Data Networks on 1 August 2022.

Addressing a media briefing after the end of the bidding for 5G spectrum, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said "Auction has been completed and in the next few days, till August 10, all formalities including approving and allocating the spectrum will be done."

According to reports, 13 cities across the country will get 5G in the beginning. These 13 cities are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.

Total 40 rounds of bidding were conducted, and the total value of the bid stood at Rs 1,50,173 crore (₹1,501.73 Bn).

Addverb Technologies opens software development centre in Pune

Robotics and automation company, Addverb Technologies, has inaugurated its new Software Development Centre in Pune. The centre will be based out of Panchshil Business Park in Balewadi High Street. The centre will help Addverb in improving its delivery network and provide innovative software solutions for its clients in the domain of robotics and automation.

The company will begin by housing 120 individuals, and by the end of FY23, it plans to employ 180 more individuals. The new centre will have teams from across software development, IT Support, IT Infrastructure, Automation, Marketing, and Business Development. Through this office, coupled with their vision and growth, Addverb will open new employment opportunities for local talent and will stem economic growth for the region.

The company has operations in Singapore, Australia, the Netherlands, and the USA and employs more than 2000 people in India directly and indirectly.

Unprecedented increase in mobile attacks and losses in 2021

A new study has revealed an unprecedented increase in mobile attacks and losses in 2021: close to half (45%) of the companies surveyed suffered a compromise that involved a mobile device and led to the loss of data or downtime in the past 12 months, representing a 14% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

The  Verizon Mobile Security Index (MSI) 2022, based on a survey of 632 people responsible for security strategy, policy, and management, revealed that the changing work landscape presents many cybersecurity challenges. Companies are struggling to manage a mix of remote, home, hybrid, and office-based employees. Almost four-fifths (79%) of respondents agreed that recent changes to working practices had adversely affected their organization’s cybersecurity. Almost two in three CISOs across all regions agreed that remote working had made their organization more vulnerable to cyberattacks, a release from automation platform provider, Ivanti, which contributed to the survey, said.

Companies are increasingly reliant on mobile devices, largely due to the shift toward more remote and hybrid working. 58% of respondents said they have more users using mobile devices for work purposes than 12 months ago and 59% said that mobile users are doing more with their mobile devices than 12 months ago. Further, 53% said that mobile devices have access to more sensitive data than a year ago. This means that the compromise of a mobile device can now pose a significant risk to customer data, intellectual property, and core systems, the release said.

RPA Software Revenue to Reach $2.9 Bn in 2022

Global robotic process automation (RPA) software revenue is projected to reach $2.9 billion in 2022, an increase of 19.5% from 2021, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.

“By achieving a growth rate of 31% in 2021, the RPA market grew well above the average worldwide software market growth rate of 16%,” said Cathy Tornbohm, distinguished VP analyst at Gartner. “Organisations are leveraging RPA to accelerate business process automation initiatives and digital transformation plans, linking their legacy nightmares to their digital dreams to improve operational efficiency.”

In fact, Gartner predicts that through 2024, the drive toward a state of hyperautomation will drive organisations to adopt at least three out of the 20 process-agnostic types of software that enable hyperautomation, a release from Gartner said.

78% of Indian enterprises increase security spending

A recent report by IDC reveals that 74% of large enterprises in India embed IT security in the planning, initiation, and assessments of all new business initiatives.

According to  the Security Priorities, Challenges, and Investment Areas for Enterprises in India report, most of the interviewed enterprises stated that post-pandemic they intend to invest across all security areas, especially with the increasing demand for hybrid-working models. An upsurge in security investments during the project onset has been observed across industries, especially in the manufacturing, retail & wholesale, and healthcare sectors.

These investments are targeted toward security solutions such as data security, workload security, threat management, endpoint security, and security analytics, followed by identity and access management. Having a comprehensive security portfolio amalgamated with an enterprise's both operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) architecture will not only prevent them from external threats but also helps them be aware of insider threat movements, a release from IDC said.

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