2G still relevant: India’s regulator backs Airtel and Vodafone Idea

India’s telecom regulator has backed the country’s older service providers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea saying that legacy 2G technology is still relevant and is a “well-proven” technology to connect rural areas. “As regards 2G technology, it is a well-proven technology and is still popular among customers especially among far-flung and rural areas. It is for them that the telcos may continue operating a 2G technology service,” Trai chairman RS Sharma told India’s Economic Times in an interaction. Having cornered close to 400 million 4G users in India, Reliance Jio is now eyeing the country’s large 2G subscriber base which is currently using networks of Airtel, Vodafone Idea, BSNL and MTNL. He further added that collaboration with global technology companies will help Indian telecom operators develop new revenue streams.

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