India's telecom regulator has slashed the fees that operators charge one another for terminating calls in a move that bodes ill for the country's biggest operators, which have profited from higher interconnection rates. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reduced the so-called interconnect usage charge (IUC) to 6 paise from a previous level of 14 paise. The new rate will come into effect on October 1, while IUCs are to be abolished entirely for local calls in January 2020.
Bharti Airtel, India's largest service provider, is hoping to improve its network performance and make optimum use of new technologies like 5G through a just-announced tie-up with South Korea's SK Telecom. The South Korean operator is generally perceived to be at the forefront of innovation on 5G and various other telco technologies. Only recently, it demonstrated a low latency of just two milliseconds on a highly advanced 4G network.
India's mobile operators are working frantically with device makers on developing cheap 4G handsets in response to the recent launch of the low-cost JioPhone by new entrant Reliance Jio. (See RJio Disrupts Again With Low-Cost 4G Phone.) Recent media reports suggest Airtel's aim is to develop 4G handsets that cost as little as 2,500 Indian rupees (around $40) each. It is likely to launch new devices before Diwali (India's festival of lights) next month.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".