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Xiaomi data centre in India by June

In a bid to address data security concerns, Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi will set up its data centre in the country by June this year, an investment that could run into millions of dollars.

The company, which entered India last year, was in news after the Indian Air Force and security solutions provider F-Secure raised concerns about data protection of user data.

“We had an infrastructure team coming in from China and they are talking to various people here. By June, we should have a data centre in place here,” Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra said.

Though he declined to comment on the investment details, the data centre would be one of the significant investments the company is making in India.

Following global concerns about security of user data hosted on servers in China, the company partnered Amazon Web Services (AWS) to migrate data of its international (non-Chinese) customers to centres in the US and Singapore in October last year. It had announced that it will set up a local data centre in India to cater to the domestic demand here.

Investments in data centre depends on the rack space that the company sets up or leases. According to analysts, it could be in millions of dollars. As part of its plans for India, Xiaomi is also exploring options of contract manufacturing here, though that is still “12-18 months away”, Barra said.

Often called the ‘Apple of China’, Xiaomi will bring its smartphone — Redmi 2 — and tablet ‘MiPad’ to India on March 24, which will be sold through eCommerce major, Flipkart.

Govt to launch medicine info app

The Government is planning a mobile application that will provide all information related to pricing and availability of medicines as well as addressing consumer grievances, Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar said on Thursday.

While inaugurating ‘Pharma Jan Samadhan’, a web portal for consumer grievances related to pricing and availability of medicines Kumar emphasised that there is a need for pharma literacy in the country, especially at the level of end-user.

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