Monday, January 24, 2005

Broadband: Thrust for rural broadband in India ...

According to the planning commission, for a cost-effective and quick broadband rollout, wireless technology seems to be more suited.

The plan panel draft paper also suggests that appropriate spectrum should be delicenced, including the 5.15-5.35 Ghz for Wi-fi and Wi max technology

Other things that the panel recommends are:

"As existing service providers may not be interested in rural areas, the future model for operations may have to be based on the one suggested in the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which includes niche players being either franchisees of the incumbent (state-controlled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. being the dominant player) or independent operators registered with the government."

Link to complete article and some recommendations.

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