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NEW DELHI—Two Wide Info  of India’s biggest online travel booking platforms are merging, the latest example of consolidation among startups in the world’s second-most-populous country.
Nasdaq-listed MakeMyTrip Ltd. said Tuesday it is acquiring ibibo Group from South Africa-based global internet and entertainment company Naspers Ltd. and Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. for 40% of the shares of a new, combined entity.
Through a jointly owned holding company, Naspers owns 91% of ibibo, while Tencent owns the remaining 9%, the companies said in a statement. A MakeMyTrip spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday on whether the same breakdown would pertain to the stake in the new firm.
MakeMyTrip had a market capitalization of $1.24 billion at market close Tuesday, according to the Nasdaq website. The companies didn’t provide a value for the deal and the spokeswoman declined to comment on it.
The deal should “unlock value” by “combining the complementary strengths of each business,” the companies said, adding that the transaction should close by the end of December, subject to approval by shareholders and regulators.
The deal is a “game changer” for MakeMyTrip since it combines the top two players in India’s online travel sector, which has been “hurt by high burn rates resulting from the high competitive intensity,” wrote Jefferies analyst Arya Sen in a research note.
Gurgaon, India-based MakeMyTrip offers bookings for flights, hotels, buses and trains. Ibibo, also based in Gurgaon, says it is India’s largest hotel booking site, and also provides flight booking and other services like bus ticketing and car sharing.
The companies said in the statement that the startups’ services combined were responsible for 34.1 million transactions in the 2016 fiscal year.
India represents huge potential for technology startups since many people are now getting online for the first time. Many startups have been burning through cash that they have spent on advertising and discounts to woo new users, but venture capitalists have been starting to tighten the taps in recent months.
Investments in India’s startups plummeted 69% to $1.05 billion in the third quarter of this year from $3.41 billion a year ago, according to data from CB Insights. Analysts say, investors, eager to see a return on their investments, are pushing startups to become profitable, leading to consolidation as peers gobble up one another.
Prominent Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart Ltd. in July bought a smaller rival, online retailer Jabong, for $70 million. That deal came amid rapid expansion in India by Inc., which has said it will invest $5 billion in India.
In August, Bangalore, India-based ride-hailing service Ola said it was laying off hundreds of workers at a fellow operator, TaxiForSure, that it had bought in 2015. That move came as U.S. titan Uber Technologies Inc. has been boosting its efforts to win new riders and drivers in the country.
In January, online classifieds portal Quikr said it acquired property listings portal CommonFloor.

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Samsung Galaxy On Nxt Launched in India: Price, Specifications, Features, and MoreWhile Flipkart still hasn’t fulfilled its promise of revealing the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt, which was scheduled to happen at 8pm on Thursday, someone at Samsung India seems to have jumped the gun by listing the smartphone on the company’s website Web Posting Reviews .
According to the listing, which was still live at the time of publishing this post, the smartphone will be priced at Rs. 18,490 and be available in Gold and Black colors. The Galaxy On Nxt was earlier confirmed to be Flipkart exclusive, and we’ll have to wait for details from the e-commerce major for details on when the phone will go up for purchase.
The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt looks identical on paper to the Galaxy On7 (2016), down to the physical dimensions, which makes us believe it’s nothing but a rebranding of the smartphone that launched in China last month. The phone features a full metal unibody design and it comes with 5.5-inch full-HD display protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass.
The Galaxy On Nxt is powered by an octa-core SoC clocked at 1.6GHz alongside 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD slot The dual-Nano-SIM Samsung Galaxy On Nxt is backed by a 3300mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 21 hours of 3G talk time and up to 15 hours of Internet usage over LTE.
The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt packs a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera, both with f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera is backed by a flash and it is capable of recording full-HD video. Connectivity options include GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct, but there’s no NFC. A fingerprint sensor is thrown into the home button for good measure.
At this price point, the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt will compete with the likes of Lenovo Z2 Plus that launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 17,999.

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A former contractor Wide News  with the National Security Administration (NSA) has stolen a whopping 500 million pages of sensitive government record over the last two decades, according to federal prosecutors.

In a court filing made public on Thursday, prosecutors said the former NSA contractor Harold ‘Hal’ Martin III was arrested on August 27 in Maryland and poses a “grave danger” to the US. He has been charged under Espionage Act.
Ahead of a detention hearing set for Friday in Baltimore, the government has said that Martin should not be allowed to leave the country. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton – the same firm that hired NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Martin was entrusted to work with classified information for government agencies and allegedly had been stealing information since 1996. He is alleged to have communicated online with others in languages other than English, including in Russian.
In June 2016, he downloaded information regarding the Russian language as well as other foreign languages. Federal prosecutors alleged that examination of the digital media seized from Martin indicates extensive use of sophisticated encryption, anonymization, and virtual machine technologies. There is evidence that he has remote data storage accounts and has engaged in encrypted communications, they alleged.
Martin also had encrypted communication and cloud storage apps installed on his mobile device, prosecutors said, adding that he has the knowledge and training to housing some or all of the stolen digital information in cyberspace, where he could easily access or transfer it. He was in possession of a sophisticated software tool which runs without being installed on a computer and provides anonymous internet access, leaving no digital footprint on the machine.
The prosecutors said Martin had swiped at least 50,000 gigabytes of information. One single gigabyte is enough space to store about 10,000 pages of documents containing images and text. His internet activity also suggests that he was attempting to locate anonymous internet access and to run operating systems on his machines that would not leave any forensic evidence of his computer activities, they alleged.
In July 2016 he watched a video about how individuals who attempt to remain anonymous on the internet are caught by authorities. He has a demonstrated ability to conceal his online communications and his access to the internet, prosecutors added.

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As the US and Europe-based World Scoop venture capital funds go slow on investment in start-ups, the Chinese are filling in with moneybags, ideas, and handholding.
Seasoned Chinese investors including Incapital, Fenghou Capital, Legend Capital, Plum Ventures, Grand View Capital, K2VC, Hill House Capital, Fusion Capital, Heli Capital, Chengwei Capital are a preparing to enter the Indian start-up space,
“They have been waiting for all this but now Chinese investors are expected to come in significant numbers. For them, the Indian start-up space with the scope of growth that can happen, they can’t afford to ignore. Also, with Chinese start-ups getting more mature, growth there is tapering off making India an attractive investment destination,” he said.
The current trigger for the Chinese interest is a recent visit of more than 15 funds, mostly angel investors, to India last week.
Of late the Indian start-up space is seeing a slowdown in funding with US-based ventures capital funds such as Rocket Internet and Softbank demand profitability before committing more money.
“Such visits don’t happen everyday. The delegation that came to India was more interested in early stage start-ups. But the feedback we got during the meetings and also during our subsequent visit is that they would prefer a single platform to get access to target start-ups,” said Vikram a day after a week-long visit to Hongkong where a partnership pact was firmed up with the platform Zhucloud, developed by Incapital, which is part of IT and communication biggie from Hong Kong, the HKT Group.
The combined platform of IvyCapital and Zhucloud would bring together Chinese investors and Indian start-ups.
On its own, IvyCap manages two funds supported by the trust formed by alumni of IITs and IIMs and provides the start-ups the access to the rich network of trust members.
“Looking at the bigger picture, where the Chinese market was 10 years back, the Indian market is there now. These Chinese investors had seen the growth process which we are now seeing in our own start-up sector and are keen to share this knowledge. They are perfectly placed in bringing in not only mature capital but the knowledge they have gathered all these years in a market which is very similar to ours,” Gupta said.
“The Chinese market is huge in terms of consumption, offering immense scope to for Indian start-ups to learn and develop products,” he said.

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Curfew continued on Work Reveal  Saturday in 7 villages of Igatpuri and Trimbakeshwar tehsils after incidents of group clashes and stone pelting in the wake of the alleged rape attempt of a minor girl, while Internet services resumed after five days of being suspended, police said. Internet service has resumed in the district from today, ACP (Crime) Sachin Gore said in a release.

Police also appealed to people to not forward “provocative and wrong messages” on social media and mobile messaging platforms and maintain peace in the city. Gore also asked citizens to bring into notice of police such messages doing rounds on the internet as it has already taken action against seven ‘admins’ of different Whatsapp groups and one Facebook user for spreading inflammatory messages in the backdrop of the incident. He further said the situation in Nashik city and other parts of the district is peaceful and well under control.
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Protests had erupted in adjoining villages and spread to Nashik after a 16-year-old boy allegedly tried to rape a five-year-old girl at Talegaon village near Trimbakeshwar.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State Ramdas Athawale, today urged people of all communities to help the administration bring normalcy in the district. “Our party had condemned the rape and murder of a teenage girl in Kopardi (Ahmednagar) this year in July and we also condemn the incident at Talegaon here,” he told reporters.
The alleged rape and murder of the 14-year-old girl, belonging to the Maratha community, by Dalit men in Kopardi, created widespread agitation with the community members taking to streets demanding justice across the state.
Athawale asserted that the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, is meant to protect Dalits from injustice but emphasized that it should not be misused.
“Instead of abolishing the Atrocities Act, there is a need to bring a bill to make amendments to the Act,” he added.
“I will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding getting financial aid to the family of the victim, who is undergoing treatment at Nashik Civil Hospital and also for the nine people who were injured in the protests,” Athawale said. He also visited the victim at the hospital.

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bestfor-baby-largeBaby care brand Johnsons World Update Reviews has launched a YouTube channel with over 100 videos across 12 categories, amid a sharp rise in searches for parenting advice.
The new ‘Best for Baby’ channel is a dedicated video channel aimed at providing new parents a holistic guide on baby care and parenting.
Designed to cater to the needs of ‘millennial parents’, the channel offers new parents help through detailed videos, specially curated for the channel by baby care experts and discerning peers.
Featured on the channel are videos that bust common baby care myths, simplify the science behind baby care in addition to educational videos on relevant subjects like sleep, bath time and massage.
New parents can also find videos on fun DIY projects to do with their infants and toddlers. The objective is to create a platform that encourages moms to curate their own content on best of baby care for the channel.
Talking about the ‘Best for Baby’ channel launch, Ganesh Bangalore, Vice President, Marketing, – Johnson & Johnson, Consumer, India added: “Our ongoing dialogue with moms, in addition to research in the segment, revealed a need-gap for millennial parents in India regarding reliable and researched baby care information online. The research clearly showed that new moms are using online search as their primary way to find parenting information.

“As an innovator in Baby Care for over 120 years, JOHNSON’S® has filled critical research gaps by helping advance 90% of all publications and peer reviewed scientific literature, worldwide, on the understanding of baby care. With this background, it made sense for JOHNSON’S to create ‘Best for Baby’ channel providing parents with a credible source of information on baby care. With over 70,000 views a day, on an average in its pilot phase, we seem to have created a platform that is an answer to the needs of our consumers.”
According to a report by Tickled Media’s- the media consumption of Indian mothers has changed significantly with a 71% increase in internet searches and an average decrease of 45% in her television, newspaper and magazine consumption. Of these, more than 41% mothers access YouTube accounts for their parental queries. Interestingly, over 76% mothers search for parenting tips, while 75% mothers search for health and nutrition tips. The report also highlights the increase in digital consumption with over 61% moms relying on online platforms for parenting advice, of these 69% mothers look to specialized parental resources.
In India, the baby care brand has partnered with reputed medical organizations such as The Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India, Indian Academy of Pediatrician, Indian Medical Association in an effort to maintain a steady stream of conversations around baby care in the country.
Unveiling the new channel to 300 moms at a red carpet event today, actress and millennial mom, Lara Dutta said: “Today moms are balancing many responsibilities, from professional to familial ones. Busy moms today are looking for solutions and guidance from topics ranging from baby basics, bonding with the baby to how to nurse and put the baby to sleep. JOHNSON’®, Best for Baby channel not just answers the various concerns of the mothers but also redefines baby care. I wish this channel was around when my daughter was born as it can really help put mothers at ease.”

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Airtel 4G Main Article 1The fight between Airtel and Yarlesac  Reliance has only intensified with the passage of time and both are hell bent on proving their services are better than the others. Be it Airtel 4G or Reliance Jio, Indians are interested in both and this fight between two of the biggest service providers in the country is only proving beneficial for customers. As each race ahead to outdo the other, customers end up getting crazy deals and offers which only make life easier for them. Before launch, Reliance had promised that Jio would launch with the cheapest 4G pack and would provide good speeds at really budget prices. They nearly lived up to their promise as Reliance Jio, on launch, was the cheapest 4G provider in the country though it speeds then (and now) left a lot to be desired. However, the launch of Jio did threaten Airtel and they quickly upped their game. And now with the festive season just around the corner and Airtel has launched a special offer for this festive season.
Since the launch of Reliance 4G, Airtel has gotten aggressive and is innovating in terms of schemes and offers on a regular basis. The latest offer Airtel has come up with is offering 4G internet up to 10 GB for just Rs 259! Ideally, the price of Rs 259 is just for 1GB of 3GB data but Airtel, as a part of the festive season and the sale is offering 9GB extra at the cost of 1. However, this offer is not valid for all or for existing Airtel employees. Only those purchasing a new 4G enabled smartphone can avail the offer. The 10 GB data validity will be for 28 days since the day of the recharge. The offer is valid on both, 3G and 4G networks. Also, the offer is not just a one-time offer and instead, Airtel has extended it for up to 3 recharges. The offer period extends for up to 90 days and in these 90 days, people can recharge their phones for 3 times using this offer. This means Airtel is offering a whopping 27 GB free for the price of 3GB. So in Rs 777, you can avail a total of 30Gb data! Through this new offer, Airtel is all set to challenge Reliance Jio and their “cheap” 4G network plans.
However, as this scheme is only for new smartphone buyers, the old Airtel phone owners might miss out on the offer. In order to avail the offer, the user needs to simply buy the Airtel 4G SIM card, activate it and do a recharge for Rs 259 which will give the user 1GB of data. Then, on downloading the MyAirtel app, they need to log in and avail their free data through the app. The free data will be valid for 28 days post the recharge. Also, this scheme was introduced only in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh initially, but now has been rolled out to all over India. As Airtel has 18 4G circles in the country, the 4G recharge will be valid only in these circles. However, the remaining circles where there is no 4G can also avail the offer albeit, it will be for their 3G recharge where with 1GB recharge, they get 9 GB free. Airtel was the first service provider to have launched 4G services in the country and since launch has come up with multiple offerings. The latest offering is their My Airtel app, which provides all media content for download in one app and makes it easier to hunt and sort.
It is interesting to see how Airtel is launching newer schemes and offers to challenge Reliance Jio. Just a couple of weeks back, Airtel also announced their new feature of free incoming calls while for international roaming. This means when customers are abroad, they need not pay any fees to receive calls from the home country. The roaming packs come with the validity of 1 day, 10 days (yet to be announced) and 30 days. Also, innovatively, instead of having to pay in advance and purchase the pack, users can simply activate the pack and it is only if and when they use it that they will be charged for that pack. The rates of the packs are different depending on the region you travel to and the prices by Airtel are in dollars so might have to do a bit of tricky conversion before using the offer. However, as there is a one-time fee, it does not really make the pack completely free but rather makes it more reasonable for the users Graet Gossip.
Coming back to the new 4G offer, as this offer is valid for just 3 months or 90 days, it will end in December. Which is also the time when Reliance Jio offers are expected to come to an end? It will be interesting to see how the giants take it forward and who wins the battle post-December. Commenting on the newly launched offer, Mr. Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are proud to have pioneered 4G network for users in India. This invitational offer has been designed for our data savvy customers who can now experience high-speed broadband on Airtel’s 4G network with their new devices.” While Reliance is winning when it comes to the pricing race, Airtel 4G is offering users better connectivity and speeds. The battle line is drawn. December shall give us the results.

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Uttar Pradesh, Volvo bus, wi-fi, UPSRTC, free internet, travel, routes, transport, include Lucknow-Delhi, Lucknow-Bahraich, Lucknow-AjmerLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corp (UPSRTC) has decided to make its Volvo fleet Wi-Fi enabled on select routes, officials said on Friday.
The free internet facility would be given to passengers traveling in select air-conditioned buses and on select routes.
(Also Read: Patna station tops in most wi-fi used, mostly for porn)
“In the initial phase rolled out on Friday, five buses will be Wi-Fi enabled. In the next fortnight, 10 more will have the facility,” said an official Graet Intelligence.
These routes include Lucknow-Delhi, Lucknow-Bahraich, and Lucknow-Ajmer.
To enable the Wi-Fi, a dongle would be fitted in the buses. The passengers would be required to take a password from the bus staff to use the free internet surfing facility.

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As America enters the final stretch of the 2016 presidential elections, all eyes were on the third and final debate as Republican candidate Donald Trump attempted to get his first win on the scoreboard. Unfortunately for him, a majority of the public and media houses agree that Hillary Clinton came out on to pin the debate, and by no small margin. However, the biggest winner of the night was definitely the internet at large.
The presidential debate was a goldmine for satirists and comedians to extrapolate their best one-liners. Quotes, GIFs and memes began flooding Twitter before the debate was even halfway through, and the discussion isn’t likely to stop anytime soon.
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Chief among some of the ‘memeworthy’ statements made at the event came courtesy of Trump, when he called drug within the USA “bad hombres”. Not only did people jump at the chance to ridicule what they saw as a pathetic attempt to pander to the Hispanic community, but Trump’s severe mispronunciation of the Spanish word led to a separate #badOmbres meme trend (referring to a style of hair colouring).
Josh Olin @JD_2020
“Bad Hombres” sounds like a Quentin Tarantino thriller starring Danny Trejo and Josh Brolin. #DebateNight #BadHombres
Penny Edmiston @PennyEdmiston
I’m just a nasty woman, standing in front of a bad hombre asking him to stop saying bigly. please. #debatenight
Karen Scian @karenscian (image)
I knew they were trouble. #badhombres #Debatenight
Merriam-Webster @MerriamWebster
We’re seeing a spike for both ‘ombre’ and ‘hombre’. Not the same thing. #debatenight
The next joke however, was less of a quote and more of a complete breakdown of the debate into schoolyard arguing. At one point, when Clinton accused Trump of being Russia’s puppet, the Republican’s responded, “I’m no puppet, you’re the puppet.” And of course, the Internet graciously responded with memes of puppets, muppets, and some hombre puppets as well Graet News Network.
Laura Kopp @laurakopp
31 minutes in and we are at the “I’m rubber you’re glue” stage of the debate. #Debates2016 #yourethepuppet
Chris BakerVerified account @chrsbakr
Trump literally just went with the “I know you are but what am I?” defense #YoureThePuppet #debate
Don [email protected] (image)
WHO’S THE PUPPET? #yourethepuppet
Trump almost laughed off stage
All of this, of course, is in addition to when the audience burst out laughing at one of Trump’s more outrageous comments. One segment of the debate involved each candidate defending their ‘fitness to be president’. Moderator Chris Wallace brought the topic of the half-dozen women who have recently accused Trump of sexual assault, asking how those stories could all be false. Trump’s response has been one that he has delivered many times, that the allegations are false, they’re a Clinton campaign manoeuvre. “Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” he insisted. This time however, the audience was believing none of that, and laughed at the audacity of the statement. The reaction was likely something Trump’s campaign team expected, because what followed was a swift press release detailing the candidate’s many supposed efforts to empower women over the years.

Some of the most entertaining tweets of the night, however, were from Twitter users completely flabbergasted by the debate in general. While Trump may have been the butt of most jokes, thanks to his verbal diarrhoea, Clinton saw her fair share as well.

David Pope @davpope (image)
Sarah Silverman @SarahKSilverman
Nuclear codes? We clearly can’t even trust this man with self tanner #debatenight
Amy Mek @AmyMek
Cognitive Dissonance:
Ban Guns to Save The Toddlers!!!!
We Need Late Term Abortions to Kill The Babies!!!
#debatenight #2A
Jimmy Kimmel Live @JimmyKimmelLive
“This debate had strict rules: no cheering, no clapping, no booing & no answering the actual questions asked.” – @JimmyKimmel #DebateNight
Clinton campaign says ‘stop hitting yourself’, Trump!

And despite the debates being over, it seems that the shenanigans have only just begun. Clinton’s campaign team have discovered a way of raising funds for the Democrat candidate using Trump’s own words. The team have set up a tool on Clinton’s website called Troll Trump, that lets supporters sign up to automatically donate between $0.5 to $10 to Hillary every time her opposition tweets. As motivation, the webpage displays a different Trump tweet each time it’s refreshed. “Show Donald that his unhinged rhetoric comes at a cost,” the smug campaign reads.

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NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has slashed effective data rates for its pre-paid customers, offering upto 67% more benefits for the same price, tracking a similar move by rival Idea Cellular a couple of days back as the scramble for users of mobile broadband intensified approaching Reliance Jio Infocom’s 4G launch.

Vodafone India, India’s No. 2 carrier, is also planning to make similar moves in the coming days in a bid to be “in line with the market trend,” a person familiar with the matter told ET. A Vodafone India spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

Last week, No. 3 telco Idea Cellular had also slashed effective data rates by offering up to 45% more data benefits for its prepaid users in India who use less than 1GB, as incumbent telcos stepped up their efforts to attract new users and ring fence existing data customers ahead of Jio’s 4G services launch widely expected next month.

“These refreshed data packs will help drive consumption and boost the uptake of mobile internet in the country,” Ajai Puri, Director – Operations (India & South Asia), market leader Bharti Airtel said.

The initial rate cuts, as announced by the telcos, are just for the prepaid customers that currently makeup more than 90% of these companies’ respective subscriber bases in the country, and considered more vulnerable to switching operators than post-paid users

Analysts note that telcos aren’t reducing rates directly, but offering more bang for the buck, a strategy which will help them protect their crucial average revenue per user (ARPU) but at the same time, make their offers more attractive for users.

But they add that for the new entrant or any other existing players to expand or alter the affordability curve and expand the data user market, at some point the data tariff may itself have to go down.

“This is a preemptive move by telcos who are trying to retain their customers and increase customer sickliness as the new entrant looks to launch services in coming months,” Rohan Dhamija, partner and head of India and South Asia at consulting firm Analysys Mason said.

They are trying to “replicate” in a pre-emptive manner what the new entrant might itself do, to begin with in terms of giving more for the same, Dhamija said, adding that the incumbents are trying to make it difficult for Jio to poach their customers.

Explaining Airtel’s possible strategy in the event of a price war, Gopal Vittal, Bharti Airtel CEO for India, South Asia, had told ET previously that what matters was the average revenue per user, or protecting the headline revenue. And for that, it could offer additional bandwidth to higher-paying users even though it would pressurize its returns form data Web Posting Pro.

According to an industry insider, Mukesh Ambani-owned Jio is unlikely to disrupt the pricing, rather focus on offering more for the same—which the incumbents have started to do—or try to differentiate on the product with the content play.

But the bigger risk would be if Jio makes voice calling free with bundled data to get the short term market share if it fails to get users organically.

“By cutting price data price, followed by giving voice free, Jio might well disrupt the voice market,” the person said.

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