The Government of India is working toward creating a viable model for private players to collaborate with the government initiatives and bring forth the holistic development, including rural India, said Aruna Sundararajan, secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, GoI addressing at CII Rural Telecom Summit with a theme Connect Bharat to the Globe, organized at New Delhi. Sundararajan emphasized on the collaborative approach and responsibility of central, state government, and industry stakeholders to connect India’s rural and distant regions with the mainstream.
Umang Das, summit chairman and co-chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom and Broadband said that “the industry is willing to play its role in digitalizing the rural India. CII is keen to help the DoT in the formation of the National Digital Telecom Policy. It is the role of the private players to help out the government at multiple levels and bring the competitiveness into the market only then, we, collectively, will be able to offer a useful and affordable solutions to the end consumers”.
Addressing at the summit, Rajiv Mehrotra, founder and chairman, Vihaan Networks Ltd said that “the tele-density in rural India is just 58 percent. He emphasized on the customized solutions for bringing the unserviced regions under connectivity network. There is a big divide into urban and rural connectivity and we must look at local level solutions to mend this gap. These localized solutions will also help bring down the operational cost to a great extent, making the overall business viable for operators and affordable for end consumers”.
Addressing he gathering at the summit, Sanjay Vidyarthi, summit co-chair and founder and CEO, Bharat to India Connect, enlightened the delegates with issues faced by sectors like education, healthcare, and agriculture and said that “all these issues can be solved with telecom based services. He further said that telecom is critical to solving many problems of rural India. It can also generate thousands of employment opportunities in these regions. All we need to do is to design and deliver a solution-oriented services which are cost effective as well and can bring some change at the ground level”.
C S Rao, chairman – USA and India, QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc, said that “there is a huge opportunity exist in the rural market and the only problem is the financial viability of the business. If we start looking at customizing the services specifically designed to cater to these markets, we can solve this issue as well. It is time now to connect rural India with the urban landscape”.
The summit marked the presence of speakers from renowned telecom companies and was attended by over 150 participants.
“The challenges as well as opportunities in connecting and servicing rural India is huge and we must come forward together to execute the fibrilization of rural India to establish broadband network all around. The objective should be to bring the larger ecosystem under this program”.
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