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Internet shutdowns costing telcos Rs 2.45 crore in lost revenue every hour

On Friday, mobile internet was ordered shut in at least 18 districts in northern Uttar Pradesh state, a telecoms industry source told Reuters

Internet shutdown | Jammu and Kashmir | Uttar Pradesh govt

Sankalp Phartiyal | Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 

Mobile operators in India are losing around Rs 2.45 crore ($350,000) in revenue every hour they are forced to suspend internet services on government orders to control protests against a new citizenship law, a top lobby group said on Friday. Countrywide protests have raged for three weeks after parliament passed legislation which gives minorities from neighbouring Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh a path to citizenship but excludes Muslims. That, coupled with a plan for a national register of citizens, are seen by critics as anti-Muslim moves by the Hindu nationalist government ...

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First Published: Fri, December 27 2019. 19:32 IST