Foxconn, Apple Inc’s supplier, announced it would reopen its iPhone facility on January 12, in Southern India, according to Reuters.
Late Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin informed the state assembly for the area that the plant will resume work on Wednesday of this week, according to K Selvaperunthagai, a member of the assembly.
The Big Tech giant revealed on Monday that it would continue to examine Foxconn’s India facility demeanor, highlighting it will keep probing into its conditions and policies with its workers’ dormitories and dining spaces, as well as independent auditors.
The closing came after protests rose following a food poisoning incident of almost 250 employees in the Sriperumbudur-based space. This resulted in heavy protests rising against the facility demanding fair workers’ health policies.
“Workers will start to return gradually as soon as we are certain our standards are being met in every dormitory and dining area,” the iOS developer said in a statement.
As for Foxconn, the electronics company has been manufacturing iPhone 12 units for Apple and assessing iPhone 13 production in its Sriperumbudur plant.
While this is the only facility Foxconn has in India, Apple, on the other hand, has eight different suppliers in the country.
Production will resume with more than 100 workers – noting that it was initially working with a capacity of 17,000 employees before being forcefully closed on December 18, 2021. In parallel, it could take more than two months before fully resuming production.
“We have implemented a range of corrective actions to ensure this cannot happen again and a rigorous monitoring system to ensure workers can raise any concerns they might have, including anonymously,” Foxconn said in a statement.
Both Apple and Foxconn refrained from providing an accurate date for resuming production.
Deemed the “Detroit of Asia,” Tamil Nadu is India’s most industrialized region, with more than 70 million residents, with some of the biggest global companies using its factories, such as BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Nissan, and Renault.
According to Reuters, Selvaperunthagai said that the state’s authorities are not willing to accept any form of hostility rising from working terms for such facilities. He further revealed governmental plans to build a hostel facility to hold tens of thousands of employees from different sectors.
This will help the state government attend to matters related to dining spaces and dormitories standards.
OneWeb, Hughes to provide satellite broadband connections in India
Satellite communication companies, OneWeb and Hughes, offered high-speed, low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband connectivity across India.
The agreement between OneWeb and Hughes Communications India Private Ltd. (HCIPL), a joint venture between Hughes and Bharti Airtel Limited, follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the companies in September 2021.
“OneWeb’s constellation will cover the length and breadth of India, from Ladakh to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to the Northeast and bring secure solutions to enterprises, governments, telcos, airline companies, and maritime customers,” said Neil Masterson, CEO, OneWeb.
Through its parent company EchoStar, Hughes is a well-established and supportive OneWeb shareholder. It is also an ecosystem partner to OneWeb, creating gateway electronics – including those in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu – and the core module that will power every user terminal for the system.
The main contractor also agrees with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab to integrate and demonstrate managed LEO SATCOM using OneWeb capacity in the Arctic region.
“This announcement marks a turning point for Digital India. Enterprise and government customers, including telecom service providers, banks, factories, schools, defense organizations, domestic airlines, and offshore vessel operators,” Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, HCIPL, said.
“They are eagerly anticipating the arrival of new high performing satcom services. We look forward to bringing them high-speed, low-latency services from HCIPL using OneWeb capacity—and catapulting India to the cutting edge of connectivity,” he added.
Neil Masterson, CEO, OneWeb, commented: “OneWeb is delighted to partner with Hughes to offer high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband solutions and contribute to the Digital India vision. OneWeb’s constellation will cover the length and breadth of India, from Ladakh to Kanyakumari, from Gujarat to the Northeast, and bring secure solutions to enterprises, governments, telcos, airline companies, and maritime customers. OneWeb will invest in setting up enabling infrastructure such as Gateways and PoPs in India to light up the services.”
OneWeb’s latest satellite launch on 27 December 2021 brought its total in-orbit satellites to 394, over 60 percent of the planned 648 LEO satellite fleet.
It plans to begin global service by the end of 2022 as demand continues from telecommunications providers, aviation and maritime markets, ISPs, and governments worldwide for its low-latency, high-speed connectivity services.
Yemen’s internet service returns after four-day outage following air strike
Internet services were largely restored in Yemen on Tuesday, residents said, after a four-day outage https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/yemenis-struggle-without-internet-third-day-after-air-strikes-2022-01-23 following air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition on the Red Sea city of Hodeidah, which damaged telecoms infrastructure.
The Iran-aligned Houthi group’s deputy foreign minister, Hussein al-Ezzi, in a Twitter post praised efforts to repair the damage and restore services.
“To all friends and loved ones: We missed you,” he said.
Internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said at 1000 p.m. GMT Monday that services were starting to be restored.
Seven years of conflict have divided Yemen between an internationally recognised government based in the southern city of Aden, and the Houthi group that largely controls the north.
The coalition had said its strikes on Friday were aimed at Houthi military capabilities in Hodeidah, the main landing point for the country’s undersea web connection.
The outage hindered money transfers by Yemenis outside the country. The war and ensuing economic collapse has pushed millions into poverty and parts of Yemen to the brink of famine.
Thailand to introduce data center campus by Etix
A new data center is expected to be rolled out by IT service management company ETIX Everywhere, which has acquired a 67 percent interest in Genesis data center in Bang Chalong, 30 km from Bangkok’s historical center.
This data center will create a new data center campus, which will be jointly developed with its local partner Interlink Telecom.
As such, Louis Blanchot, Group CEO ETIX Everywhere, said: “We are very excited to announce our expansion into Asia starting with this acquisition in Bangkok, one of the most dynamic markets in the zone. This first step in Asia is a major milestone in ETIX’s strategy to support our global customers providing them our best-in-class colocation services wherever they need”.
According to a press release, the Genesis data center – renamed ETIX Bangkok #1 – began working with 2.4 MW of IT power. The future development of the campus will offer significant additional capacity.
In addition, this data center campus is the first of its kind in the market, offering such a high level of severance with four diverse routes for fiber access and power supply coming from two separate substations.
On his part, Nuttanai Anuntarumporn, CEO of Interlink Telecom PLC, said: “We are very pleased to have a strong partner like ETIX Everywhere with experience in this industry. We believe that our partnership will support the booming Southeast Asia data center and cloud industry and lead us to common success.”
Thailand has a large population, and remarkable internet penetration is an important growth market for the public cloud and OTT service providers.
They need to bring their data as close as possible to the end-users to deliver better service, driving demand for colocation services.
“Telehouse Bangkok will be the first data center of its kind in Bangkok and will come at a time when we expect the data center market in the country to see robust growth owing to the boom in the digital economy,” said Kenichi Miyashita, managing director, Telehouse Thailand.
“It aims to provide the best environment for all the Internet-related customers, such as cloud service providers, content providers, telecoms and ISPs, to connect with one another with minimal latency.”
The company, established in 1988 and owned by Japanese telco KDDI, has operations in 15 cities globally, including the U.S., UK, France, Germany, China, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan.
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