Friday, September 18, 2015

Wireless Broadband, the Future of India

The government of India is working hard to make its dream of Digital India a reality. Many experts gave speeches at the Wireless Broadband Vision Forum, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Global Wi-Fi Broadband Alliance. The forum was organized with an aim to push the policy objectives of the Digital India initiative.

Views of speakers

Member of Parliament, Rajeev Chandrasekhar being a technology entrepreneur, feels that a high quality Wi-Fi network should be made available all over the country. For this, the central government will have to join hands with state governments and private companies. The government may keep policy-making decisions in its hands. But to let the initiative be successful, the network owner should be a private company.

He expressed his views while talking on ‘India, Wi-Fi and Smart City Development.’ According to Mr. Chandrasekhar, Wi-Fi facilities should be given free of cost only to certain needy sections of the society. The Digital India program will be highly beneficial for the country. It will also boost its productivity and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The penetration of the internet is low in India. This leaves a lot of opportunities and a huge market for the government and private sector.

The government will find it difficult to provide efficient services at affordable prices, as per Government's Delhi Dialogue Commission Vice Chairman, Ashish Khetan. He informed that the government is setting up a program to offer free internet to Delhi citizens at a speed of 1 Mbps and 1GB data download. Colleges, villages and colonies will be Wi-Fi enabled in three phases respectively.

CEO of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), Shrikant Shenwai expressed that this is the time when Wi-Fi operators, Wi-Fi equipment vendors and Wi-Fi users will reap the benefits. Wi-Fi’s potential is rapidly growing across the globe. Director General of FICCI, Arbind Prasad said that wireless is the future of the internet. The government has designed a program to convert 100 Indian cities into ‘Smart Cities.’ High-speed Wi-Fi facilities will be the backbone of this program.

Tikona Digital Networks

Tikona Digital Networks is committed to support the spread of wireless services. Founded in 2008, it provides broadband services to 25 cities in the country. It will be establishing a framework of comprehensive services to offer video, multimedia content, edge voice, and IT applications through broadband and other services. With innovation and technology, the company strives to provide superior and timely solutions to the customers. It will surely lead in equipping India with wireless connectivity in the future.   

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