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Request for Proposals (RFP): A study to assess the potential of the NOFN for rural connectivity in India. For more details see RFP.

Deadline extended: Call for applications for broadband policy course in Sri Lanka. For more details see announcement in english, sinhala and tamil.

South Asia Research Hub(SARH), DFID Systematic Review Programme for South Asia call for proposals.

What tech problem needs to be addressed most urgently?

The New York Times has an interesting feature about 32 innovations that can change our lives. Here is the problem that requires fixing according to David Pogue, the NYT’s resident tech guru:

That we’re heading for a bandwidth crunch. We’re saddling the Internet with amazing new features — movies on demand, streaming TV, Siri voice recognition, whole-house backup — but they’re starting to overwhelm the existing Internet’s capacity, especially on cellular networks. The Internet and phone companies respond by imposing monthly limits, and the F.C.C. is trying to make more wireless frequencies available. But unless something gives, “high-speed Internet” will soon become an oxymoron. You’ll just have to get used to pauses in your streaming video.

We’ve been talking about this for some time, not limiting ourselves to the access network as Pogue does, but also pointing out the need to increase backhaul capacity. Good to have company.

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