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A telco ‘Mahagathbandhan’ is the way to go for 5G

With Jio likely to play disruptor again, incumbent telcos should create a shared network to avoid yet another blow.
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A visitor walks past a 5G display at the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi on October 25, 2018. Getty Images
A visitor walks past a 5G display at the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi on October 25, 2018.
Jio is not done. After ending business as usual in the telecom industry, the Mukesh Ambani-led company plans to be the first off the block in 5G rollout and is waiting for spectrum auctions to commence. It’s a battle for survival for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea all over again, as Ambani flexes his financial muscle. This time,
innovation around services, products, and applications. Building a shared 5G network will spare them funds to focus on customer experience by enabling new services, applications, and content partnerships. These are the areas where individual telcos can play to their strengths and differentiate themselves. For everything else, there’s the mahagathbandhan. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)
Jio is not done. After ending business as usual in the telecom industry, the Mukesh Ambani-led company plans to be the first off the block in 5G rollout and is waiting for spectrum auctions to commence. It’s a battle for survival for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea all over again, as Ambani flexes his financial muscle. This time, innovation around services, products, and applications. Building a shared 5G network will spare them funds to focus on customer experience by enabling new services, applications, and content partnerships. These are the areas where individual telcos can play to their strengths and differentiate themselves. For everything else, there’s the mahagathbandhan. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)

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