Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rural India to be Completely Digitalized

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested a public-private partnership (PPP) model to launch the broadband network in rural India.

TRAI’s Recommendations

TRAI has recommended that the PPP model should align incentives with long-term service delivery. It said that the deployment, implementation, and operation of the optical fiber cable and other network infrastructure should be done by the concessionaire. This should be done on a contract basis of around 25 years. The contract may be given an extension of 10 to 30 years.

The current government had committed that the complete rollout of the optical fiber network will be done by the end of 2016. In January this year, telecom secretary, Rakesh Garg pushed the deadline to 2018.

According to TRAI, the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) has failed to increase broadband subscription in India. That is why TRAI feels that a concessionaire should roll out the broadband network.

TRAI said that the central, as well as the state government, should become anchor clients of this project, so that they purchase at least 100 megabits per second of bandwidth at market rates.

In addition, TRAI suggested that 50% of the optical fiber should be reserved for cable service providers and telecom companies. It also said that the government should become a minority partner of the concessionaire with a 26% stake.

Aim of Digitization for Rural India

A few months ago, President Pranab Mukherjee had expressed his views on digitization. He expressed the opinion that it is very important for all homes even in rural India to be connected with the internet. He also said that the participation of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will play a crucial role in this.

He stressed the importance of innovation. Any company, big or small may come up with an excellent innovative solution to spread digitization in rural India.

Tikona’s Role in Digitization

Tikona DigitalNetworks, a Mumbai-based company offers next generation secured wireless broadband connections to home and office users. It serves 25 cities in the country. The company is moving mountains with its services in urban as well as rural India.

Founded in 2008, the company has immense potential and a great vision that could help spear head the digitization of India. Tikonabroadband will drive internet growth across the country and is now preparing to establish its service till the last mile.

In August 2015, Kerala became a ‘complete digital state.’ Tikona desires and aims to help make all the remaining 28 states of the country gain this status. It is working on the same by providing efficient and seamless broadband service.

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