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Smart thinking, resilient networks, and luck: telcos give seamless connectivity to India in lockdown

Indian telcos rose to the challenge, and with some smart thinking – and some good fortune too – ensured almost seamless connectivity for a billion-plus Indians despite a spurt in traffic. From shutting 3G services for 4G to routing calls through Wi-Fi networks instead of mobile networks, telcos intelligently pulled out many rabbits from their hats in an hour of crisis.
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“Digital proximity” has become a lifeline. It’s the new normal for the world, especially when “social distancing” is the theme of the day. But many Indians, familiar with telecom network outages, feared the worst as the country locked down. Remote working, spiralling consumption of OTT content, and online education was expected to trigger —and they did — an
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“Digital proximity” has become a lifeline. It’s the new normal for the world, especially when “social distancing” is the theme of the day. But many Indians, familiar with telecom network outages, feared the worst as the country locked down. Remote working, spiralling consumption of OTT content, and online education was expected to trigger —and they did — an John: How to brew coffee? (Giggles) Dr. Prime: Goodbye John, stay safe and see you some other day. <Long Beep> and DP shuts down. John: I am gonna keep coming with this till you answer me DP. You can’t always run away like this. (Smiles) ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)

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