Chennai, Nov 6. Perhaps not surprisingly, the messages from most of the speakers are the same at the Wireless World Research Forum, currently held here. Asian telecom markets are booming; (Where else you see one country adding 7 million new mobile customers per month?) this is the right time to take ICTs to rural and less privileges sections of the society; affordability too, not just technology is a key issue, and wireless, not wired is perhaps the sure solution that can make the transformation. More or less, that is the bottom-line emerging.
Midas Communication Technologies CTO Rene Abraham’s presentation “Wireless DSL for Rural India – Challenges and Requirements” today highlighted some of these issues. The photo shows one of the solutions developed by Midas to open broadband to the rural areas at affordable levels. This switch and antenna combination is capable of providing 512 k wireless broadband links within a circle of 8 km radius.