Towards a true cashless economy
It’s turning out that one of the most significant positive effects of the recent demonetization is the drive towards a digital economy. With necessity driving innovation, the volume of cashless transactions in India has increased dramatically—upto 1000% as per some estimates—since 8th November. Is this enough? Could we do more? What enablers need to be put in place for a steady and faster move towards a digital economy? How do we mitigate the problems faced by the common man as the transition continues? The debate continues to rage, and has occupied centre-stage in most media for the whole month.
16 Dec, 2016
BSNL CMD talks about Connecting the Unconnected in LWE
10 states, 106 districts, 22,688 connected villages and 18 million connected citizens using 39 lakh mobile connections. That’s the impact of the 2199 green mobile towers that BSNL has set up in LWE affected states in record time, according to Mr Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL while speaking in a programme about connecting unconnected parts of India, on Economy Today on 7th December 2016.
08 Dec, 2016
How do you make a happy nation happier?
Even as Bhutan opens itself cautiously to the rest of the world, one of the biggest challenges is to connect its hinterland. Daunting terrain and sparse population have always hindered infrastructural development in the interiors of the Happy Kingdom.
23 Nov, 2016
Connectivity in LWE Region: Made in India
Recognizing that combating insurgency-hit areas in India’s Red Corridor must include the provision of a robust communication network as an important element of its strategy, the Ministry of Home Affairs decided to build a mobile phone network in the most-affected regions. These regions include some of the most hostile terrain in the country, with practically no roads, power or security. Against such imposing challenges, VNL has helped BSNL set up 2199 solar-powered mobile communication towers in a record time of 18 months, altering not just the geographical, but critically, the social landscape of the area.
08 Nov, 2016
Domestic Manufacturers may lose out to Domestic ‘Importers’ if the government’s new PMA Policy is approved.
A storm is brewing for the last couple of months in the Indian telecom manufacturing industry because instead of encouraging import substitution, the Indian government has drafted a proposal which will make the playing field even more uneven, in favour of foreign electronic goods and services. Till now 30% of the total quota in government procurement of electronic productions (manufacturing) is reserved for domestic manufacturers, which will not be the case anymore.
27 Oct, 2016
A Green Mobile Network in India’s Red Corridor
How do you set up mobile networks in areas affected by insurgency? Especially when there are no roads or electricity? Welcome to India’s Red Corridor, some of the most hostile terrain in the country, with practically no roads, power or security. Here, in the worst left-wing extremism (LWE) affected districts of Indian states, 1315 solar-powered mobile communication towers have been setup in a record time of less than a year.
22 Sep, 2016
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