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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 Won Race For The Most Subscribers; Airtel, VIL Lose

Reliance Jio continued its onward march in July adding the highest number of subscribers during the month, while, Airtel and Vodafone Idea eroded

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Jio added 85.39 lakh customers in July to take its total subscriber base to 33.97 crore. Wikimedia Commons

Reliance Jio continued its onward march in July adding the highest number of subscribers during the month, while the other major market players, Airtel and Vodafone Idea eroded their subscriber base.

Jio added 85.39 lakh customers in July to take its total subscriber base to 33.97 crore, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Wednesday.

Vodafone Idea, the largest telecom operator in terms of subscribers and revenue, lost 33.90 lakh subscribers and its total tally at the end of July stood at just over 38 crore.

Bharti Airtel lost 25.8 lakh subscription to pull its subscriber base down to 32.85 crore, the data showed.

State-run BSNL, however, added 2.88 lakh users in July, taking its total base to 11.64 crore. Total number of wireless subscribers stood at 116.83 crore with a net addition of 28.53 lakh users, the TRAI data showed.

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Monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.40 per cent and 0.05 per cent respectively. Wikimedia Commons

“Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,165.46 million at the end of June 2019 to 1,168.31 million at the end of July 2019, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.24 per cent.

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“Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 657.27 million at the end of June 2019 to 659.87 million at the end of July 2019 and wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 508.19 million at the end of June 2019 to 508.45 million at the end of July 2019,” it said.

Monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.40 per cent and 0.05 per cent respectively. (IANS)