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Telecom

Hey you, Netflix(ing) and chilling? The Internet is slowing down now ... you have been warned!

In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, organisations globally have implemented remote-working policies to ensure business continuity. There has also been a surge in OTT content usage and an increase in Internet traffic due to online classes. As a result, networks are strained. Considering this will become a new normal, are service providers prepared to shoulder the load?

Telecom

Hey you, Netflix(ing) and chilling? The Internet is slowing down now ... you have been warned!

In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, organisations globally have implemented remote-working policies to ensure business continuity. There has also been a surge in OTT content usage and an increase in Internet traffic due to online classes. As a result, networks are strained. Considering this will become a new normal, are service providers prepared to shoulder the load?

Future of Work

Reinvent to stay relevant: why the coronavirus is a game changer for remote working and business travel

The rampage of the coronavirus is forcing companies to leverage technology for remote-working arrangements, minimising expensive business travel in the process. What has started as an alternative approach to addressing business disruption and ensuring continuity is likely to become the new normal. Can large brick-and-mortar offices fall out of favour, altering the real-estate landscape?

Strategy

Pehchaan kaun: TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and the anatomy of a viral song

For producers and artistes looking to create viral content, TikTok has become an indispensable platform. Take its “Hello, Kaun?” music video, which has garnered 500 million views. While soundtracks are central to the platform, its features, too, are aimed at creating virality. For studios, besides being an avenue to promote films, TikTok has opened up an additional stream of revenues.

Telecom

Is Vodafone Idea too big to fail? Why its collapse will hurt a billion-plus Indians

A large-scale migration of Vodafone Idea’s 300 million subscribers to Jio and Airtel will severely stretch their infrastructure, with a likely slide in service quality and standards. A duopoly can mean a spike in tariffs and slow down the spread of telecom services to rural India. Then, a possible bankruptcy is bad news for India’s ailing financial sector.

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Government schemes

What BharatNet can learn from the rural-roads scheme: involve states, local bodies, private sector

BharatNet appears to be foundering. It has a top-down approach with little involvement of the states, implementing agencies, or vendors. In contrast, PMGSY, considered a success, works in a bottom-up manner. Its implementation mechanism involves a dedicated agency from the user ministry, PWD, rural-road development agencies, gram panchayats, private operators, etc.

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Deals

ZEE promoters are battle bruised, not down and out

With the Chandra family now holding just 5% stake in ZEE, many think the company may be eyed for hostile takeovers. But Subhash Chandra’s decision to step down as chairman neither means his exit from the company, nor his family losing control of ZEE. The promoters enjoy complete support of Invesco Oppenheimer, now the largest shareholder.

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Telecom

The alternatives to disputed AGR: Overhaul the current licence-fee regime for a lifeline to telcos

Airtel and Vodafone Idea are racing against time to clear their mammoth AGR (adjusted gross revenue) dues. But it’s also time the festering AGR dispute was finally settled. There are global paradigms India can learn from. ET Prime’s virtual assistant Dr. Prime is back with alternate approaches to levying licence fees and their pros and cons. The second in a two-part series.

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