Mobiles and Rural India

Business Week writes:

While India has a very long way to go in establishing a nationwide network of landline telecom networks, let alone high-speed broadband service, paradoxically, the country could overtake China in the next several years in terms of mobile-phone subscription growth. Rolling out towers and base stations to support wireless networks certainly isn’t cheap. But it likely will be wireless networksnot copper-wire fixed linesthat do most to pull India out of the telecommunication dark ages.

To really develop India’s full potential, local telecom providers will need to spend massive amounts of money to expand coverage to the country’s sprawling rural regions. “A lot depends on how fast the players roll out their networks into the rural hinterland,” says Kuldeep Goyal, a general manager with the government-owned telecom carrier BSNL.

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