Service Providers Help Government Attain 100% Rural Teledensity
One of the most important agenda highlighted under the recently proposed Telecom policy was addressing the rural connectivity challenge. The Government in the NTP has expressed its desire to introduce new and Innovative solutions and technologies to address this issue.
Parallel Wireless a wireless network solutions (A startup by an Indian, Parallel Wireless, Inc. develops a wireless cellular network in New Hampshire. It focuses on developing the architecture of the cellular radio access network), which have claimed to work towards connecting the rural population to the world and provides services to major telcos in India, Africa and Middle East, Parallel Wireless, has devised solutions across these geographies.
Addressing rural connectivity challenges with innovative technologies' which have been developed from an Indian standpoint, Rajesh Mishra, Founder, President, and CTO - Parallel Wireless says on how can service providers help government to attain 100% rural teledensity . One of the key objectives of the upcoming Telecom Policy 2018 is to increase the rural teledensity from the current 56.9% (at the end of October 2017 as per TRAI data) to 100%. This is easier said than done. The service providers are reluctant to expand in the rural market because of the high cost of network deployment and management. The traditional high-capex approach is unlikely to bear fruit in the rural segment because of the return on investment is spread over a long period. The service providers need to explore innovative technologies to address the different requirements of the rural segment.
Parallel wireless also offers HetNet gateway 3GPP-compliant, SDN and NFV-based, carrier-grade network orchestrator that enables operators to scale and grow multi-vendor and multi-technology (3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi) networks; and converged wireless system, a 3GPP-compliant and carrier-grade multi-RAT node that is available in outdoor and in-vehicle form factors delivering coverage anywhere. Rajesh also spoke on how the rural market demands a different approach and will also talk about virtualization and other approaches which enable the service providers to address the rural market without compromising profitability.