The Telangana Government has partnered with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) to set up Mobile 10X Hub, an app development program in the state’s incubator to offer a structured program and physical zones for specific support related to each stage of app development. Mobile 10X Hub is called a ‘capacity building centre for app development’ and will be housed in the T-Hub building.
The IAMAI will also select 5 app startups from the state and help them with their app development. The industry body launched Mobile 10X in September 2015 and has one branch in Bangalore. It is in talks with other state governments to support app development in India.
Uttarakhand ecommerce tax not pro-consumers: In January, the body stated that Uttarakhand government’s move of imposing 10% tax on all ecommerce purchases was regressive and would need to be borne by customers, although it was incident on courier companies.
Kunal Shah made chairman: In the same month, the IAMAI named Kunal Shah, co-founder and CEO of FreeCharge as the new chairman of IAMAI. The move comes following Nishant Rao’s move to join Freshdesk as the global chief operating officer, from Linkedin. In addition, it also announced Vishwas Patel, CEO of payment gateway CCAvenue as the new treasurer.
FDI violations in ecommerce: In December 2015, the IAMAI filed an impleadment application to the Delhi High Court to become a respondent to a petition filed against ecommerce firms for allegedly violating India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) laws. Ecommerce companies such as Snapdeal, Flipkart and e-Bay are a part of the IAMAI.
Recent studies from the IAMAI:
– In February, IAMAI’s internet readiness report stated that Maharashtra emerged as the top ranking state in terms of overall Internet readiness index, followed by Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Among the smaller states, Delhi emerged as the topmost state in terms of Internet readiness index, followed by Puducherry and Goa.
– In November 2015, IAMAI’s report stated that India had over 317 million users accessing the internet at least once a month. Of this, urban India accounted for 209 million users out of an overall urban population of 414 million people, while rural India accounted for 108 million users out of an overall population of 922 million people. IAMAI and IMRB did not publish average monthly spends on data.
– In August 2015, another report on the internet in local language stated that rural India would drive 75% growth in adding to the internet user base, while urban India would contribute by 16%. The current internet user base would grow by 39% by December 2015, and primarily be due to content in local language. It added that India had 353 million internet users as of June 2015. Of this, 269 million accessed the internet at least once a month.