Ericsson has released a White Paper called “India 2020: Bringing the Networked Society to Life” at its flagship technology event. The company also shared the case study to highlight the widespread of internet connectivity and how the Networked Society works.
Speaking about the Networked Society, Chris Hougthton, Head of the region India said, “Broadband has the potential to help bring about inclusive growth in India by extending education, healthcare and financial inclusion to rural areas and lower income groups. In order to achieve and deliver on this vision, government and industy need to actively partner to tackle the constraints of limited spectrum availability, device affordability and network performance gaps indoors while at the same time meeting the pent-up demand for mobile broadband and stimulating interest in and uptake of services in new markets with new revenue model.”
The also launched its “Networked Society Stories” campaign that captures 61 mini-films from around the world to show how the Networked Society – widespread internet connectivity – is taking shape in different parts of the world. Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society is based on the simple idea that real-time connectivity will fundamentally change the way we innovate, collaborate, produce, govern, and live sustainably.
The White Paper proposes that the Indian government’s broadband penetration target of 600 million connections by 2020 can be achieved if sufficient spectrum is made available in a timely way in globally harmonized bands. Speaking about this in the Indian scenario, Ajay Gupta, Vice President and Head of Strategy & Marketing at Ericsson India, says, “Mobile Broadband will be the platform on which the ‘Digital India’ vision can be delivered. For this we will need the release of additional spectrum in the relevant bands. This will contribute to affordability of services, and harmonization of spectrum will allow a lower-cost device ecosystem to evolve. Operators in India have far less spectrum than their peers globally with high mobile broadband penetration. Spectrum will play a key role in driving mobile broadband growth in India in the long run, and will be an increasingly important driver of capacity, user experience, and quality.”