India starts 3G and the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA)

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, addressed the India Telecom 2008 in New Delhi. He said that the 3G and the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Policy has been announced by the government recently and by next year these services will be in commercial operation. In fact, customers in Delhi will be able to get the benefit of faster 3G services for voice, data and video, which are being launched by MTNL today. I believe that 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) will give a fillip to mobile broadband penetration. So far, India’s success in extending broadband has not been very satisfactory. These services were launched in January 2005 and till now we have managed a very modest penetration. I expect that hereafter 3G will become the predominant platform on which we will be able to build and deliver upon India’s broadband objectives.

For urban India, 3G and BWA will offer the convenience of mobility with the rich multimedia content of the internet. But it is in rural India that I hope to see them making an invaluable contribution. Rural India is yet to see a spurt in PC penetration and Internet access remains a dream. However, with mobile penetration fairly high even in rural India, mobile broadband through 3G & BWA is expected to deliver a much needed internet access to rural India as well.

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