Reliance Industries's Mukesh Ambani is presenting himself as the next digital czar: in speeches this month, he made it very clear that his plans with Jio extended far beyond just access to telecom services. On October 5, he delivered what was essentially a manifesto for Reliance's digital plans — calling data a "national resource" and talking about how AI would revolutionise healthcare, farming, education, and set India on a path to rapid economic growth. Meanwhile, Jio is reportedly working to launch 5G handsets at less than Rs 5,000, according to a PTI report. This is similar to JioPhone and LYF, two efforts the company has leveraged in the past to win over 2G phone users. Reliance's own ability to profit from yet-unrealised advanced technologies that sit on top of telecom depends directly on how many people it can reach. And…
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