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#MWC2013: Airtel’s Manoj Kohli Says Telco’s And OTT Players Need To Work Together, But Commercial Negotiations Are Important

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the focus appears to be on the battle between OTT players (rather, Internet companies providing services to customers over telecom networks) and telecom operators, and the former continues to provide services, at times to the detriment of telecom operators. Manoj Kohli, CEO International and Joint MD at Bharti Airtel, when asked what he thinks about their relationship with OTT players, said that telecom operators and OTT Players "need to work together, and learn to live together. I believe we (telecom operators) can lift the level of usage of all these services, and customers propensity to use more and more, rather than continue this unnecessary tension. Of course, there are commercial negotiations that are important, and we do commercial negotiations all the time." At all the carrier centric sessions at the Mobile World Congress, the…

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