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Introduction: Why are we here?
The Problem (Opportunity)
Lessons Learned & The Way Forward
Why are we here?
Why are you here?
Developmental ventures require inter-
disciplinary teams and more than just
Political, cultural dimension is critical
4 Billion Rural People
Chicken and egg problem:
Egg: No affordable, sustainable rural communications infrastructure
Chicken: No market for rural communications
What is needed: a low-cost, low-risk means of providing widespread connectivity so as to:
Overcome infrastructure cost barriers
Test out digital rural applications/services
Stimulate the rural development dynamic
Create incentives for deregulation and delicensing
Every 1% increase in value-add or efficiency in this population segment represents a $40 billion opportunity.
Set up UHF/VHF Radio
Set up Cell Phone Towers
Set up Real-Time wLAN Towers
Setup Satellite Connections
Is real-time really necessary?
ICTs introduced as shared resource
But this has serious drawbacks for real-time infrastructures: high level of adoption required to achieve
who am I going to call?
shared communications infrastructure is typically asynchronous
Transportation infrastructure can be used to create a network
First National eGovernance
Initiative in India
Computerization of all land
records in state of Karnataka -
- Manual land records illegal
Some 500,000 land record
Seeking means of
decentralizing its database
using wireless technology
Cambodia: Village Schools