India’s Supreme Court has ruled that Vodafone isn’t liable to pay taxes on its acquisition of Hutchison Essar in 2007. The country’s tax authorities had claimed a total of around £2.8 billion was due in taxes and penalties.
This appeal in the Supreme Court followed a High Court defeat for Vodafone in 2010.
Kurt Achin of voanews.com writes:
In India's burgeoning economy, more and more women are going to work in offices - exposing them to what can sometimes be dangerous urban conditions. Now, a new technological initiative aims to protect women against sexual assault.
A new report from ABI Research says the trend towards ‘freemium’ pricing on mobile apps will continue next year. The term refers to a product that’s offered free with a chargeable option for customers who want additional features or enhanced functionality.
Apple enabled in-app purchasing for free apps just over two years ago.
India, currently the world’s second-largest telecom market in terms of total subscriptions, will add almost 590 million connections to its fixed and mobile networks over the next five years. Meanwhile, China will add around 535 million.
That’s the prediction from Pyramid Research, which has recently published its latest India Intelligence Report.
Anjana Pasricha of voanews.com writes:
India hopes that the launch of what is being called “the world’s cheapest tablet computer” will help tens of thousands of low-income students connect to the digital world.
The $45 device with a seven-inch color touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and two USB ports is meant to bridge the digital divide in a country where only three percent of the population has computers.