Airtel, Voda, Idea to move court on IUC cut
Sep19

Airtel, Voda, Idea to move court on IUC cut

NEW DELHI: The contentious issue of interconnect usage charge (IUC), which the telecom regulator has more than halved to 6 paise a minute, is once again headed to the courts, said executives at India’s top operators, which want to protect a source of revenue. A majority of the members of the Cellular Operators Association of India are “extremely disappointed” by the reduction and intend to move court “as it is...

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Analysing privacy in a data-centric world
Sep19

Analysing privacy in a data-centric world

By Mrutyunjay Mahapatra Famous author Edward Snowden told, “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” His words were prophetic. Privacy as a concept is in a perpetual evolutionary phase. When men were hunter gatherers, there was no privacy. As rightly stated,...

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Government to strengthen surveillance, laws to check cybercrimes
Sep19

Government to strengthen surveillance, laws to check cybercrimes

NEW DELHI: In view of the growing incidents of financial cybercrimes, including frauds using cards and e-wallets, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered strengthening of the surveillance and legal frameworks to check the menace, the home ministry said today. The issue came up at a high-level meeting where the strategies being adopted to check financial cybercrimes were discussed in detail. Representatives from various agencies made...

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Reliance Jio's 4G speeds skyrocketed during May-July period: OpenSignal
Sep19

Reliance Jio's 4G speeds skyrocketed during May-July period: OpenSignal

NEW DELHI: 4G LTE speeds on Reliance Jio‘s networks have “skyrocketed” in May-July period in India, while the overall experience on its network has improved dramatically, according to a study by OpenSignal. After an uptick in February, Jio’s speeds leveled out at around 4.2 Mbps between the test periods ending in March and April. But as soon as Jio’s free data offers concluded on April 1, OpenSignal said,...

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Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'
Sep19

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

NEW YORK – The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it’s unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users. The world’s biggest social network has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads. That’s after it took months to acknowledge its outsized role in influencing the U.S. election by...

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Simplicity, not freebies, will drive cashless push forward: Caesar Sengupta
Sep19

Simplicity, not freebies, will drive cashless push forward: Caesar Sengupta

While the payments market is already crowded, there is a lot of room for existing players and new players to grow since India is still a cash-based economy, said Caesar Sengupta , VP, Next Billion Users, Google . In an exclusive interview to ET’s Surabhi Agarwal and Gulveen Aulakh , Sengupta said incentives don’t really drive usage; rather it is simplicity and ease of use that will push people towards digital transactions....

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