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Reliance’s plan of designing a 5G network is flawed as it needs infrastructure to facilitate large-scale networks, but its strategies to manage traffic patterns, pollution and electricity grids are vague
By Shivanand Pandit
In 2012, a quarterly video-conference of executives of India’s largest private sector company commenced with a word of caution. The chairman said: “What has brought us here will not take us to the future.” Due to mounting global trade tautness and a strong push for renewable energy, he was fretful that the company’s main business of crude oil refining and petrochemicals could lose polish. Although his father, the founder of the entity, wanted to compete with international energy titans, his son was quick to comprehend that “data is the new oil” and began the inexorable revolution of the company.
The son, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, had planned to acquire Infotel Broadband Services Limited in 2010. However, daughter Isha’s complaints while she was home from Yale University about pathetic broadband speeds in India gave birth to a revolutionary idea. Ambani swiftly realised that digital technology was the superhighway to mammoth accomplishment.
The fruition of that dream was evident recently when his company and …
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