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Flipkart signs up for Airtel’s Net Neutrality-violating Airtel Zero platform

Update: our take on Airtel Zero: it splits India's Internet into many Internets. Read it here Flipkart, which raised $1.91 billion in funding last year, has signed up with Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, four highly placed sources have confirmed to MediaNama. Airtel has confirmed that it is launching a platform called Airtel Zero, in order to allow companies to buy data to offer their apps to consumers for free. Zero Rating violates Net Neutrality, something which the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has acknowledged in its consultation paper announced last week (paper, FAQs), which may end up in a licensing regime for Internet companies, or allow telecom operators to do traffic shaping - slow down or speed up certain services, make some expensive versus others, or slice the Internet into types of services, rather than offer access to the…

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