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ZEEL’s sprint to a deal: how Punit Goenka avoided ‘jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire’

Grappling with a looming debt-repayment deadline, a stock crash, the general elections, and a high-profile but ultimately failed negotiation, ZEEL’s managing director and CEO brought home an INR4,224 crore deal with an old confidant — in all of two months. Investors are still not fully convinced, but it has given the company precious time to sort out its debt mess.


National Security Advisory Board blows 5G bugle: Build local muscle, get real on China

Talking exclusively to ET Prime, V Kamakoti, technology expert in the National Security Advisory Board, shares his vision for 5G rollout in India. Keyword: 100% indigenisation. Hardware and software should not be from the same vendor, Kamakoti says. While some argue there is no concrete evidence against troubled Chinese giant Huawei, India must get realistic about Chinese intentions — especially given New Delhi’s claim that its 5G plan will set the tone for the rest of the world.


India’s INR6 lakh crore spectrum-auction plan: Repeat after us — the 5G horse must be reined in now

Notwithstanding pressure on the government to reassess spectrum pricing, the next auction is tagged as one of the biggest ever in terms of the quantum of spectrum to be put on the block and the expected revenue. But the cash-strapped telecom sector isn’t sharing in the enthusiasm. ET Prime has consistently said this: The government must not rush telcos into 5G. Let them strengthen their 4G game first.



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