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5,384 crore paid by Reliance Communications for spectrum policy

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Mumbai: A sum of Rs 5383.84 crores was paid by Reliance Communications on Wednesday to the government as a fee for spectrum sharing and trading in 16 circles for the 800-850 MHz band. This payment comes after the announcement of a pact with Jio for nine service areas.

This also follows a statement by the company a week ago that while it heard from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) regarding its plans for sharing and trading in scarce airwaves in the 800-850 MHz space, it was awaiting the response in four other circles.

The company statement said it has already been granted a stay by the Kolkata High Court not to furnish any bank guarantee towards one-time spectrum charge, as had been demanded earlier by the government.

Sources said Reliance Communications wanted to pursue spectrum trading in nine circles with Jio and sharing it with Jio in 17 circles.

“Sharing will eventually cover all 22 circles in the 800 MHz band. But we want some clarity in Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir,” a source said.

Reliance Communications has a presence in all the 22 circles in the 800 MHz space, with a total of 113.75 MHz, out of which 33.75 MHz has been earmarked for Jio. This will leave the company with 80 MHz, with an option to share the same under various agreements.

Reliance Communications had announced on Monday that it has signed an agreement for trading and sharing of scarce airwaves, or radio frequency spectrum, with Jio in the 800 MHz band, covering virtually the entire country. A roaming agreement, it had added, was also on cards.

Two other developments will have a bearing on the spectrum plans of Reliance Communications to buy rival Aircel from Malaysia’s Maxis Communications and Sindya Securities, and another to merge with itself Russia’s Indian telecom arm Sistema that operates under the “MTS” brand.

However,  if these two deals happen, RCom-Aircel-MTS wireless combine will have over 150 million customers in India and hold close to 20 percent of the total spectrum highest in the country in virtually every band currently available to private players and every circle. (IANS)(image:en.wikipedia.org)

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Reliance MD Mukesh Ambani Speaks on Need of Movement Against Data Colonisation

He also announced his plans to create a "fully digital Gujarat" by connecting every home, office, school, college and market through Jio.

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Gandhiji led India's movement against political colonisation... Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation,

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi’s movement against colonisation, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead a fight against “data colonisation”, saying that Indian data must be “owned and controlled” by Indians.

“I pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, in the year of his 150th birth anniversary. Gandhiji led India’s movement against political colonisation… Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation,” he said addressing the “Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019” here inaugurated by Modi.

Asserting that the data is the “new oil and wealth” in the new world, he said India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people and not by corporates, especially global corporations. “Honourable Prime Minister, I am sure you will make this one of the principal goals of your Digital India mission.”

“For India to succeed in this data-driven revolution, we will have to migrate the control and ownership of Indian data back to India … in other words, Indian wealth back to every Indian. India’s data must be owned and controlled by Indians only, not the global corporates. There is a need to launch a movement to bring back the control of data in our hands,” he said.

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Mukesh Ambani calls for movement against ‘data colonisation’

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had in October said that all digital payment firms like Google Pay, WhatsApp and the likes, must store data locally for their businesses in the country.

During the event, Ambani also announced that Reliance, which he said had invested Rs 3 lakh crore and catalysed one million jobs in Gujarat, would double its investment and employment numbers over the next decade.

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He said Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail would soon launch a new commerce platform for small retailers — a mega mission which will first be launched in Gujarat and then across the country.

He also announced his plans to create a “fully digital Gujarat” by connecting every home, office, school, college and market through Jio. (IANS)