Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. in partnership with Huawei Technologies has launched its wireless broadband services in Ajmer, Rajasthan. The tariff set for the broadband is Rs.140 per month and will be associated with the e-Government projects started by the state government’s “Common Service Centers”.
“This technology offers broadband speed of 7 Mbps at a distance of 15kms,” said Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot, during the launch of Wimax to Indian Express.
Wimax technology, which enables access to anytime-anywhere access to broadband internet and download capability of about 20mbps on a mobile devices promises a lot to the rural sector. This point is well noted by Arun Gupta, Director – Business Development, MediaTek India Technology in his article in CIOL
WiMAX will usher a new era of growth in Ajmer with facilities such as payment of bills, issue of birth certificates, land records, and vehicle registration. Village Panchayats may also come under connectivity along with initiation of ATMs, and railway reservation centres etc.
Telemedicine service provider, with the help of WiMAX technology, provides advanced care in remote locations and increases the bandwidth to remote clinics. In the rural places or calamity-stricken region this service will be very beneficial.
Another window to this point is remote surveillance and improving roadway safety. Understanding the needs, the Indian Government has realized the importance of broadband, and made broadband a national priority today.
The potential of technology to transform India’s rural sector is clear. Whether the potential will be a reality one day depends on those who are responsible to bring the technology to the people.