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The Airtel—Jio Battle and the Limitations of Game Theory

The airtel—jio battle and the limitations of game theory

By January 2019, just 3 years after Reliance Jio's entry in the 4G market, all small firms had exited, and Jio controlled close to 27 per cent of the market while the erstwhile market leader, Airtel, controlled 30 per cent (by revenue share). There are many dimensions of the Airtel–Jio battle that lie beyond the realm of pricing or choice of capacity or product differentiation, and mainstream game-theoretic analysis may not suffice to understand the contours of the situation. In this chapter, the PARTS model is invoked to provide the required insights.21

Reliance Jio fired the most dramatic opening salvo of the freshly arrived 2019 with its ...

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