Daily Editorial Cloze Test Quiz – 18

Editorial Cloze Test Quiz

There’s a fresh twist in the tale for India’s telecom sector, which is a success story with around a billion connections _____(1)______so far and about 350 million subscribers estimated to have smartphones. About ten months after beginning commercial operations and acquiring 125 million customers with attractive data and voice service offerings, Reliance Jio has announced a plan that ______(2)_______disrupt the telecom landscape by challenging existing price points. For a refundable security deposit of ₹1,500 and a tenth of that as monthly charges, it plans to give away free feature phones that will support 4G services and can be _______(3)________after three years. Incumbent service providers, now saddled with high debt that could turn into non-performing assets for lenders, would naturally be wary of this move — although analysts expect overall industry revenue to rebound from its declining trajectory. Similarly, Jio’s proposition of connecting the phone to the television has affected the stock prices of direct-to-home service providers, though it may only offer three-four hours of such viewing per day. While rivals may need to rejig their service offerings to keep up, the disruptive potential of this development could be far more profound, especially in terms of bridging the country’s digital divide. India’s Internet adoption rate remains ______(4)_______the lowest in the Asia-Pacific region with 422 million subscribers. A large chunk of them access the Net through smartphones. Although wireless data usage has shot up dramatically over the past year, 500-550 million Indians use feature phones that offer no data services. A Kleiner Perkins Internet Trends Report for 2017 notes that even though smartphone and data costs are _______(5)________in India, they are still too high for most. Cheaper phones as well as data are essential to bring online the next 100-200 million people.

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