The rural tele-density is currently below two per cent. In fact, Trai has floated a consultation paper on “niche operator” to provide exclusively on in rural areas with connectivity of less than one per cent. BSNL has however objected to its calling it “untenable”. Sinha said the broadband service “DataOne”, which would provide high speed Data, Voice and Video transmission on Broadband as an alternate for sluggish Dial up mode, is ready.
“Our customers can look forward to enjoying facility of Internet Access with wi-fi & wi-max Forums across the country during 2005. To begin with 15 cities have been identified for wi-fi Forum. For wi-max Forum, work will be undertaken in 5 major cities on experimental basis”, he said.
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