The advent of the Internet has set in motion a fundamental shift in the way business is done these days. The global business is shifting dramatically from a self-centered approach to more and more outward customer oriented approach and Internet is the one basic reason behind this shift. The speed and cost have come down drastically all these years with advent of new technologies.
The Internet is certainly a major phenomenon in India today. Everywhere one looks, the signs of its arrival and adoption are visible. But the affecting part is that if we look at the Internet penetration in a country with the population of over 1 billion is minuscule.
The mass consumer of India has not been contributing much to the penetration of Internet. The reason generally put across by the service providers is that the mass market (that contributes approx. 95% of the India population) of India is not friendly with the internet, but the main cause of the mass consumer being not using the internet is that not much of the application suitable for the mass have been devised. Companies like ITC have conceptualized the ideas like e-chaupals pertinent to the mass users and these have been really successful projects. There are plenty of areas of interest for the mass market that can be building up and made use by the service providers.
[...] The spread of the networks of private service providers have to play an important role in bringing the fibre to homes as well as the rural areas and they are expected to focus on it. With the increase in commercial availability of fibre technologies, the cost of fibre rollout is approaching the cost of other wired networks. Spread of optical fibre networks shall be emphasized keeping in view the long-term perspective. Digital Subscriber Lines(DSL) on copper loop : DSL has proved to be an important technology for provisioning of Broadband services through the copper loop. [...]
[...] Airtel/ Sify/Tata BSNL/MTNL 1. Charges High Tariff Charges Economical Mbps Mbps 2. Objective Commercial National and social 3. Aimed at Profit earning Not profit alone 4. Speed Connectivity Must Flexible 5. Security Necessary Less important 6. Services High Reasonable 7. Attitude Rigid and strict Flexible and liberal Note: 1.Private Sector Broad band providers has High tariff charges but Their Value added Services as well as rate of data transfer is much better in comparison to the Public Sector As Airtel [...]
[...] The role of other facilitators such as electricity authorities, Departments of ITs of various State Governments, Departments of Local Self Governments, Panchayats, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Education is very important to carry the advantage of Broadband services to the users particularly in rural areas Fiscal Issues The Department of Telecommunications assigns a very high priority to indigenous manufacture of Broadband related equipments. It shall endeavor to work closely with the concerned Ministries and Manufacturers' Associations so that the equipments are available at an affordable price. [...]
[...] Dayanidhi Maran, at the launch of BSNL's broadband service, Data One, in Chennai BHARAT Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), the two Government-owned telephone companies, have launched their broadband services using their existing copper wire links. They hope to rope in a million subscribers by the end of 2005. Branded Data One in the case of BSNL and Tri Band for MTNL, the services were kicked off at prices that the two companies feel will set benchmarks and ensure wider acceptance in the market. [...]
[...] [pi Tariff BSNL is in the process of commissioning of a world class, multi-gigabit, multi-protocol, convergent IP infrastructure through National Internet Backbone?II (NIB-II), that will provide convergent services through the same backbone and broadband access network. The Broadband service will be available on DSL technology (on the same copper cable that is used for connecting telephone), In terms of infrastructure for broadband services NIB-II would put India at par with more advanced nations. The services that would be supported includes always-on broadband access to the Internet for residential and business customers, Content based services, Video multicasting, Video-on-demand and Interactive gaming, Audio and Video conferencing, IP Telephony, Distance learning, Messaging: plain and feature rich, Multi-site MPLS VPNs with Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees. [...]
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