Nokia to fund and strength rural connectivity

The project will evaluate the option of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cost-efficient
Nokia to fund and strength rural connectivity

Now, when technology is playing an important role for rural development, several institutes and networking companies have laid forward their services and plans and schemes that can help rural development and broaden the networking connectivity.

When we talk about India, the first thing that stuck to the mind is its rural populance that covers more than 60 percent of India.Therefore to bridge the gap and maximize the development, recently IIT Madras has partnered with Nokia to create technology solutions that will enhance broadband connectivity in rural India. Under the three-year partnership, Nokia will fund and provide technological expertise for research at IIT-M’s Center of Excellence for Wireless Technology (CEWiT). 

The project will evaluate the option of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity to remote rural communities in India, complementing the government’s National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) initiative. 

The research project aims to bridge the connectivity divide in India by broadening the reach of broadband in rural areas. As part of this research, CEWiT at IIT-M will undertake following measures including verifying the feasibility of using unlicensed spectrum radio access technologiesfor cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity; providing last-mile connectivity from gram panchayats to their respective villages and creating effective low cost rural access solutions based on Wi-Fi technology. 

"India is on the cusp of a digital revolution. We are really excited about this research collaboration with IIT-Madras, which will leverage its talent and innovation to drive the Indian government’s vision of empowering rural communities through broadband connectivity – an initiative that will revolutionise access to government services and the Internet. The successful implementation of this project is a key social development objective for Nokia in India," said Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India region, Nokia . 

Added professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT-Madras: "Together with Nokia, IIT-Madras, through its Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, will explore new avenues for getting affordable wireless broadband technology to rural India in an effort to bridge the digital divide. Our research will focus on leveraging the power of the Internet to accelerate the development of India’s rural communities, home to the vast majority of India’s population." 

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