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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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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)

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Reliance Jio Adds 85 Lakh Subscribers in December; Airtel, Vodafone Idea Lose Users

The total subscriber base of Airtel was 34.03 crore, down 15.01 lakh from November, the data showed

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Reliance Jio continued to increase its subscriber base in December as other major telecom operators Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel lost users during the period, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed on Wednesday.

Reliance Jio added 85.6 lakh subscribers during the month under review, taking its total subscriber base to 28.01 crore.

“Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,171.76 million (117.17 crore) at the end of November 2018 to 1,176.00 million (117.6 crore) at the end of December 2018, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.36 per cent,” TRAI said in a statement.

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Vodafone Idea, the largest telecom operator in terms of subscribers, lost around 23.32 lakh subscriptions and its base by December-end stood at 41.87 crore.

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The total subscriber base of Airtel was 34.03 crore, down 15.01 lakh from November, the data showed.

On region-wise subscription trend, TRAI said that “during the month of December 2018, all service areas except the northeast, showed positive monthly growth in their wireless subscribers”. (IANS)