Technology options are available to remedy some of the connectivity issues.
Everyone is aware of the potential of the Indian broadband market; but as is common for all countries, challenges do exist. India is a vast country with many remote areas that historically don’t have the infrastructure to enable widespread connectivity and this can lead to increased cost.
Technology options are available to remedy some of the connectivity issues. However, regulations should be clear and simple allowing operators the freedom to choose technology solutions to connect consumers in the most effective way. That could really ensure India’s broadband community expands and improves. While operators will play their part, I do believe proactive action by the government to enable the necessary infrastructure will help accelerate the time frame to put rural India on the telecom map. It will be an investment that will pay itself back over time in immeasurable ways by improving people’s quality of life.
There is no lack of creativity and innovation in the Indian broadband community. The Silicon Valley would grind to a halt without them, so the effort and creativity you see abroad should be nurtured in India herself.
(The writer is the CEO of Broadband Forum, a global body that represents the players and users of broadband networks)