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Coopetition over competition: why Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone Idea must become frenemies

Globally, shared telecom networks are a reality. Indian telcos must adopt this strategy, particularly to speedup the rollout of 5G. It’ll help improve services, cut costs, and mean a faster go-to-market. It’ll also translate into superior and affordable services for 1.3 billion Indians. Cash-rich Reliance Jio may prefer to build its own 5G network, but then these are recessionary times.
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Can Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone idea cooperate to compete? It sounds like an oxymoron, but may not be entirely impossible. Sunil Bharti Mittal is already championing coopetition. “All three private players must lay down their arms and come together to share networks to ensure all customers of the country are served well. For it’s vital that
It’s no more about the survival of a particular operator, but it’s more about ensuring India leaps forward to the next generation of technology quickly in a most cost-efficient way and also stays prepared for challenges. It is unprecedented times like these which make the case for network sharing even stronger. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
Can Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone idea cooperate to compete? It sounds like an oxymoron, but may not be entirely impossible. Sunil Bharti Mittal is already championing coopetition. “All three private players must lay down their arms and come together to share networks to ensure all customers of the country are served well. For it’s vital that It’s no more about the survival of a particular operator, but it’s more about ensuring India leaps forward to the next generation of technology quickly in a most cost-efficient way and also stays prepared for challenges. It is unprecedented times like these which make the case for network sharing even stronger. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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