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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.

Telecom

An INR1.4 lakh crore puzzle: Telcos are battling for survival. Dissecting the complex AGR saga.

Two decades ago, mobile operators were issued licences in return for sharing a percentage of their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) with the government. But a dispute over its definition has simmered — the incumbents only want core services under AGR, while the DoT has included non-telecom services as well. ET Prime’s virtual assistant Dr. Prime deciphers the AGR muddle for you.

Social media

When money speaks, truth keeps silent. USD140 million: the economic cost of India’s fake news menace

In the 2019 general elections, a huge sum was spent on fake news and disinformation campaigns in India. In an era where aggressive social media campaigns have succeeded in swinging electoral fortunes, the country runs the risk of being vulnerable to disinformation campaigns, as the volume of fake news continues to grow and the ‘bad actors’ get smarter by the day.

Telecom

How a differential IUC regime can settle the dispute among TRAI, Jio, and the incumbents

For years, TRAI has had uniform interconnect usage charges (IUC) despite different call-termination costs on different networks. It is a flawed approach and the root cause for a fresh dispute between Jio and the incumbents, culminating in a battle over ring time and Jio charging outgoing calls to other operators. A differential IUC regime is an optimal solution, suggests ET Prime’s incisive analysis.

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