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Reliance Jio Leading Subscribe Market Share: Report

Jio leading, Bharti stable, Voda losing: CLSA report

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Reliance Jio’s 8-million strong subscriber additions, Airtel’s stable market share and Voda Idea losing customers is the sum of brokerage firm CLSA ‘s telecom sector outlook for February 2019, that projects Jio will lead the subscriber market share in the current year.

In its India Telecom report, CLSA said Indian mobile subscribers in February increased by 2 million to 1,184 million, with Reliance Jio adding 8 million, while Bharti Airtel subscribers remained flat and Vodafone Idea lost 6 million, month-on-month (m-o-m).

Over the past year, Jio’s active subscriber market share has gone up to 24 per cent, gaining 9 percentage points (ppts), Bharti has maintained its share at 32 per cent and Vodafone Idea lost 5 percentage point to fall to 37 per cent, CLSA said.

The number of 3G and 4G subscribers increased by 10 million to 532 million, the report added.

According to the report, mobile number portability (MNP) requests declined 10 per cent MoM and this, along with the increase in Jio’s subscribers in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal, could imply that a part of the dual-SIM users are shifting usage back to incumbent networks.

“With the India mobile being a three-player oligopoly and rising data adoption, we remain positive on Jio which will emerge as a leading telco in 2019, and also Bharti, given its strong market-share defence and inevitable turn in revenues,” CLSA said.

Subscriber market-share gains for Jio will continue, the report forecast.

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The m-o-m active subscriber base for the sector was flat as Jio’s gains were offset by MoM declines of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. The divergence between active and reported subscribers for Jio remains high at 16 per cent against four to eight per cent for Bharti and Vodafone Idea, the report stated.

It said the 3G/4G subscriber additions have now normalised on a monthly basis.

After rising sharply to 21 million in January this year, the 3G/4G subscriber additions normalised to 10 million, taking the 3G/4G subscriber base to 532 million.

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The subsribers of 3G and 4G now form 45 per cent of the reported industry mobile subscriber base, the report added.

“Of the 10 million additions, we estimate that 0.5 million additions were from smartphone users and remaining were JioPhone additions,” CLSA said.

According to the brokerage, Vodafone Idea added 0.4 million 3G/4G subscribers in February 2019. Over the past year, Bharti’s push on bundled plans helped the operator take its 3G/4G smartphone subscribers share to 24 per cent, gaining 3 ppts. (IANS)

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Facebook Selects Six Projects from India for AI Ethics Research

Facebook announced the Ethics in AI research awards in June with a regional focus of India

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The winners, declared on Friday, included the top two submissions in each category. Pixabay

To encourage research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics, Facebook has selected six projects from India that will focus on three key areas – governance, cultural diversity and operationalising ethics.

The winners, declared on Friday, included the top two submissions in each category.

Facebook announced the Ethics in AI research awards in June with a regional focus of India. The proposed budget should be within Rs 10,00,000 to Rs 20,00,000, Facebook said.

In the operationalising ethics category, the two selected projects include “Patient-Centric Frameworks for the Evaluation of AI-Enabled Medical Tests” that has Amit Sethi of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT Bombay) as the principal investigator and “Targeted Bias in Indian Media Outlets” that has Animesh Mukherjee of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) as the principal investigator.

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To encourage research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics, Facebook has selected six projects from India that will focus on three key areas – governance, cultural diversity and operationalising ethics. Pixabay

One of the research projects picked for the governance category, “Ethical Implications of Delegating Decision-making Journey to AI Systems”, has Rahul De from the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM Bangalore)

The other project selected for the governance category, “A‘Public Law of Information’ for India”, has Sudhir Krishnaswamy from the Centre for Law and Policy Research as its principal investigator.

“Mitigating Bias in Face Recognition for Vast Regional Diversity in India” which has Richa Singh from Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) as principal investigator is one of the projects selected in the cultural diversity category.

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The other project is “Regulatory Impact Assessment of the National AI Market Place of India” which has Varadharajan Sridhar from the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-Bangalore) as principal investigator. (IANS)