Ericson and COAI has organized a seminar titled ‘India: Broadband for All’ focusing on government’s vision of the Digital India initiative. The seminar stated that investments in broadband need to be encouraged and facilitated in India so that the benefits of broadband to business and society can be ensured.
Speaking about the seminar, Chris Houghton, Head of Region, India, Ericsson, said, “Mobile Broadband will be the platform on which the ‘Digital India’ vision can be delivered. Wide deployment, availability and affordability of broadband will enable the country to bridge the digital divide and facilitate economic growth”.
He further added, “The Broadband infrastructure in the country needs to be expanded to offer superior coverage, quality and capacity. To fulfill the Indian government’s vision for broadband inspired growth, operators will need access to more spectrum and will need to invest in new network capabilities. Further, given that we see the Networked Society taking shape in India as it is in other parts of the world, India needs to prepare and take a more proactive approach on 5G which is expected to be commercialized by 2020.”
Digitalization is transforming industries and changing consumer habits. Mobile broadband has become a platform for innovation which is creating new revenue streams. To achieve high level of broadband penetration and deliver the benefits of digitalization, additional spectrum would need to be made available in India.
Speaking about the Digital India initiative, Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “The policy framework must ensure that operators are encouraged and have business case to invest in the networks so that services like commerce, banking, education, health and entertainment can be reliably delivered to large masses of India.”