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Vivo to Launch 5G Smartphone in India When Market is Ready

The company said it was working towards strengthening its after sales services in the country

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Vivo announces Rs 4,000 crore investment for new UP plant. (IANS)

Saying that it is presently working on building the elements that would be the key to the future growth of 5G embedded smartphones, Chinese handset maker Vivo has said it will launch a 5G smartphone in India when the market is ready.

Several smartphone makers have already announced their 5G phones including South Korean tech giant Samsung and Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Xiaomi and OPPO.Samsung is gearing up to release the world’s first 5G smartphone in the first week of April for the South Korean market.

“We’ll launch a 5G phone whenever India is ready. The handset player is working closely with chipset making giant Qualcomm and companies like Haier, TCL and Midea on a global level for 5G services and products,” Nipun Marya, Head of Marketing Strategy, Vivo India, told IANS.

In 2016, the handset player set up its 5G research institute centre in Beijing, China and laid the foundation for 5G technology development and standardisation.

“Vivo is looking to integrate 5G smartphones going forward. We are presently working on building the elements that would be the key to the future growth of 5G embedded smartphones, which we have termed as ‘Intelligent Phones’,” Marya noted.

With over 60 per cent growth in terms of value in January 2019, the handset maker emerged as the fastest growing brand in India, the top company executive said.

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“Vivo has emerged as the fastest growing brand with 63.2 per cent growth in terms of value and 60.9 per cent growth in terms of volume in January 2019 versus January 2018. This is at a time when the industry grew at a mere 16.8 per cent and 14.2 per cent by value and volume respectively,” Marya said.

Unlike other market research firms, GfK reports final consumption of the devices and not just shipments.

The company said it was working towards strengthening its after sales services in the country.

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Currently, there are more than 70,000 retailers in India where Vivo phones are available and the company has more than 200 exclusive stores and two experience centres.

Last year, the handset maker announced an additional investment of Rs 4,000 crore over a period of four years towards opening a new manufacturing plant on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh which aims to generate 5,000 jobs in its first phase of expansion.

The 169-acre land was acquired near the existing 50-acre manufacturing facility that would help expand Vivo’s manufacturing capabilities and support its growth in the country. (IANS)

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Novel Coronavirus: Government Deploys Health Team on Nepal Border

Many Indian students studying in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak have been stuck there

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The Coronavirus outbreak, which has so far caused 41 deaths in China, and caused the country to quarantine 16 cities, is causing comparisons to the 2003 spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which decreased the value of the global economy by $40 billion. VOA

In the wake of a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Nepal, the Union Health Ministry has subsequently strengthened its vigil in the areas bordering Nepal.

The recent deployment of health team has taken place at Panitanki in West Bengal, entry point from Nepal, said the Health Ministry on Monday.

“Update on #ncov2020 – Subsequent to confirmed #coronarvirus case in #Nepal, vigil strengthened at Panitanki (West Bengal) entry point from Nepal,” the ministry tweeted.

Earlier on Sunday the ministry had informed that in response to confirmed case of the new virus in the neighbourhood country Nepal, India stepped up vigil in districts bordering Nepal. The health ministry said that teams of medical experts were also deployed at border outpost with Nepal at Jhulaghat and Jauljibi in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.

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Southeast Asia’s proximity to China and dependence on that nation for a major share of its economy is raising concerns that the coronavirus outbreak  that started there will not only have health impacts but harm the region’s economies. VOA

In continuation of its efforts to stop the virus from entering in India and making the passengers aware, the ministry has also displayed signage advising the passengers for self reporting and other precautions, disseminated through advisories, at the Mumbai airport.

According to the health ministry, a total of 29,707 passengers from 137 flights have been screened. Fortunately, no case of coronavirus has been found till date.

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According to the announcement made by Chinese health authorities on Monday, 2,744 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 461 in critical condition and a total of 5,794 suspected cases have also been reported. The killer virus has caused 80 deaths in China, as per Chinese authorities.

Many Indian students studying in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak have been stuck there. The health ministry said it is working closely with the Ministry of External Affairs and is in touch with the students. (IANS)