Friday, October 30, 2015

Villages in India to get Broadband Connection

The government is undertaking many measures to push the Digital India initiative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a committee that is tasked with looking after the vision of the Digital India program.

Digitization in villages

The committee reported that 20,000 villages have already been connected through broadband under the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) plan. It also said that NOFN will be called BharatNet.

BharatNet drafted a budget of Rs. 20,000 crore. Started in 2011, the plan aimed to connect 2.5 lakh villages across the country with broadband in 2 years. In 4 years, it has achieved only 8% of its projected target. Despite the slow progress, officials have assured that the work is now picking up speed.  Digital India is one of the main reasons for the push.  

Earlier, the plan stated that villages will get a speed of 100 MBPS. This was then later revised to speeds ranging from 2 MBPS to 10 MBPS. The committee recommended that the budget of the plan should be increased to Rs. 72,000 crore. The increase in budget will help the service providers offer broadband connections to households at a lower price. The price may be as low as Rs. 150 per month for economically weak states. For economically stable states, the committee said that the price for broadband services should be around Rs. 250 per month. The state government of Andhra Pradesh has already declared that it will be providing a broadband connection for Rs. 150 per month at a speed as high as 15 MBPS.

Apart from this, the Department of Telecom (DoT) will also be partnering with cable operators to provide broadband connection till the last mile. BSNL has also stated that it will make an investment of Rs. 7,000 crore in 2 to 3 years to establish 3G and 4G Wi-Fi spots all over the country. It has aimed to install 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots by the end of 2015.

Role of Tikona Digital Networks

Tikona Digital Networks offers broadband services in 25 cities across the country. It is serving 2.75 lakh customers and is known for its high-speed services. It offers varied plans ranging in price, speed and data usage. You will get the perfect plan depending on your requirement. For instance, you could opt for a speed of 4 Mbps with 30 GB data at INR 750 or a 2 Mbps speed with 80 GB data at INR 1000; the speed on this plan will be upgraded to 4 Mbps shortly.

To support Tikona’s extension plan, International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector lending arm of World Bank, will invest around $25 million in the company. With the investment coming through, the company will surely touch the lives of the people in rural India as well. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Internet of Things - The Next Revolution in India

In a world connected by the internet, the upcoming technology that will revolutionize India is the Internet of Things (IoT). It will change the way devices work. IoT will make use of technologies such as sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud, high bandwidth and analytics. The devices will then be able to communicate with each other to give timely and customized solutions to the users.

Impact of IoT

IoT will upgrade the lifestyles of consumers. Companies will also be able to enhance their productivity, management, and offer superior services and solutions to their customers.

Analysts have predicted that around 26 billion smart units that consist of smartphones, tablets, motion sensors, TVs, sensors, connected cars, smart watches, etc. will be embedded with the IoT. It is also being estimated that the IoT industry will earn a revenue of around $ 300 billion and create value of $ 1.9 trillion.

Importance of IoT for India

Earlier there were technological revolutions during the advent of mainframes, desktop PCs, minicomputers, laptops and mobile phones. India missed out on these revolutions while countries like South Korea, USA and China embarked upon these revolutionary trajectories. Many companies emerged during the advent of these technologies. Some of them are Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dell, Xiaomi, Samsung, Amazon, Mediatek, and Yahoo, etc.

Now, India cannot afford miss the IoT revolution. IoT will be helpful in the growth of the country. It will also enhance the security systems in the country. India needs to innovate and develop components, systems, data centers, devices and software analytics. It will have to build on its product level innovation. Indian companies will also have to gear up to exploit the opportunities that will present themselves and become global brands.

Process to succeed in the revolution

To be a technology innovator, India will first have to set up the right infrastructure. The nation will have to build the atmosphere to encourage entrepreneurship. It will have to introduce favorable government policies, give access to risk capital and embrace marketability trends. Government policies should welcome product companies as much as it welcomes manufacturing companies. The Make in India initiative shouldn’t be restricted to the manufacturing sector, but it should also provide opportunities for product making companies.

From the past two decades, India has been emphasizing on services. China focused on manufacturing but also laid importance on making actual products. Now India will have to capture the IoT wave and give importance to manufacturing and product capabilities along with services.

To make the IoT revolution a success, the government and companies will have to work together with better coordination. Moreover, the companies will have to offer IoT products to customers by taking proper care of their safety, security and privacy.