Is data the new oil or not?



Mukesh Ambani is neither the first nor the only one to say so. Many have said it before. He made the line popular in India along with Jio, says Nivedita Mookerji.



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Jio users will now be charged for voice calls



Jio to charge users 6 paisa/min for voice calls made to rival phone networks. However, these charges are not applicable on calls made by Jio users to other Jio phones and to landline phones and calls made using WhatsApp, FaceTime and other such platforms.



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Telco biggies are ignoring Chinese firms for 5G trial



The move comes against the backdrop of the US and some of its allies banning the purchase of Chinese telecom gear over security concerns and pressuring other countries to follow suit.



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When Vodafone dialled a wrong number in India



‘If Vodafone decides to quit India, the telecom market in the country will be left poorer. We need international players, especially in a sector like telecom, for global best practices and the latest in technology, if nothing else’, says Nivedita Mookerji.



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Airtel joins war, offers 1 Gbps broadband for Rs 3999



“Starting today (on Wednesday), Airtel Xstream Fibre is available to homes, SOHO (Small Office Home Office) and small commercial establishments in Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement.



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Death of India's telcos



‘In the headlong rush to 5G, pause to ponder: How much capital invested in 4G will be destroyed? What happens to the outstanding debt of Rs 4.3 trillion? If an auction is held, can the domestic banking industry fund the requirements? Would a hasty auction end up helping only deep pockets and move the industry to a monopoly?’ asks Rahul Khullar.



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Will Takkar manage to revive Voda-Idea's fortune?



Vodafone Idea lost 115 million subscribers over the last four quarters. Rating agency Care downgraded Vodafone Idea to Care A with a negative outlook on account of weak financial performance. Crisil, too, downgraded credit value of Vodafone Idea.



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How Airtel plans to take on Reliance JioFiber



Airtel Xstream will allow its subscribers to access live TV, video, music, news and sports on an over-the-top smart stick, interned-enabled set top box, and handheld devices.



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