07 Jan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India Campaign getting the right way

Google started with its Project Loon it turned out to be successful in providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. Facebook too interested in connected world and Microsoft has taken right direction to provide Internet connection in rural and remote areas to make India a digital India.

Microsoft has announced its plan to bring Internet connectivity across the country at free of cost. According to a report in Hindustan Times the firm has proposed to use the White Spacethe unused spectrum between two TV channels – to provide free Internet facility across the country at free of cost.  The 200-300 MHz spectrum band available in the white space belongs mainly to Doordarshan and the government and it is not used at all. Generally a wi fi connectivity is limited to only 100 meters or so but by using this White Space it can be used for 10 Kilometers and making the Internet available for remote locations. As of now Microsoft has sought clearance from the government for a pilot project in two districts.  If Microsoft’s plan, if successful, would provide a major boost to PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India plan.

 

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“The challenge is the lack of digital infrastructure across India. This initiative addresses this challenge in a cost-effective manner and creates an eco-system that will benefit everyone, including manufacturers of routers and other technology devices, other technology companies, besides Microsoft,” Pramanik said.

Microsoft’s initiative also take forward the Prime Minister’s slogan of “IT + IT = IT”, which is Indian talent plus information technology equals India tomorrow and also give a push to the ‘Make in India’ campaign by encouraging the manufacture of equipment locally.

Microsoft, which was part of an international consortium that included BT, Nokia and BBC, conducted the most widespread field trials on white space-based Internet connectivity in Cambridge, US, in 2011. The technology hasn’t been widely adopted anywhere in the world, but experts believe it can lead to a spurt in broadband connectivity in countries such as India. Engineers at Microsoft development centres in India have adapted this unlicenced technology for this country.

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