Broadband Tech INDIA 2010 organized by Bharat Exhibitions and supported by DOT Department of Telecom & DIT Department of Information Technology and DIT Department of Information Technology, was recently held at New Delhi to promote broadband in fast growing Indian Telecom Industry.
After information and education, the next step should be Broadband as a legal right.
But before that could be mandated in India as in some countries like Finland, the experts have to settle which way broadband and at what level of carrier it should be delivered.
In a wide area of low literacy and even lower computer literacy, the most effective solution lies in two-way cable TV, claimed Mr. Vijay Yadav, Managing Director, South Asia, UTStarcom India. There was already adequate fibre buried for connectivity with 30 million fiber loops.
But many other telecom experts present at the conference did not agree.
Mr. Puneet Garg Vice-president –Technical, Bharti Airtel claimed that wireless broadband access (BWA) and 3G would be the driver to provide access for the rural masses to this facility. BWA and 3G would be complementary technologies for broadband access. “Expose people to Internet and then decide at what speed it should be done” was Mr. Garg’s solution.
Mr. Bijender S. Yadav network planning head Sistema-Shyam Teleservices and Mr. T. R, Dua Deputy Director-General Cellular Operators Association of India endorsed for opening up 900MHz and lower speed spectrum for rural penetration. As lower the speed the wider is the area of penetration the 2.3GHz spectrum now given for 3G will raise costs for rural operations.
In the context of speeding up broadband and Internet usage, Mr. Rajesh Chharia President, Internet Service Providers Association of India decried the step motherly treatment being meted out to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that was constraining Internet spread.
Countrywide broadband penetration would help create a knowledge based economy and society and add 20 million jobs, Mr. Shashi Dharan , Managing Director of Bharat Exhibitions pointed out.