The Government of India is working towards creating a viable model for private players to collaborate with the government initiatives and bring forth the holistic development, including rural India, said Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, Ministry of Communications, GoI at CII Rural Telecom Summit. Connect Bharat to the Globe was the theme of the summit organised recently in New Delhi. Ms Sundararajan emphasised on the collaborative approach and responsibility of Central, State Govt and Industry Stakeholders to connect India’s rural and distant regions with the mainstream. She further said the challenges as well as opportunities in connecting and servicing rural India is huge and we must come forward together to execute the fibrerisation of rural India to establish broadband network all around. The objective should be to bring the larger ecosystem under this program she added.
Mr Umang Das, Summit Chairman & Co-Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband said that the industry is willing to play its role in digitalising the rural India. Mr Das further said that CII is keen to help the DoT in the formation of the National Digital Telecom Policy. He opined that It is the role of the private players to help out the government at multiple levels and bring the competitiveness into the market Only then, we, collectively, will be able to offer a useful and affordable solutions to the end consumers”.
Addressing at the summit, Mr Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder & Chairman, Vihaan Networks Ltd said that the tele-density in rural India is just 58%. He emphasized on the customised solutions for bringing the un-serviced regions under connectivity network. Mr Mehrotra said that there is a big divide into urban and rural connectivity and we must look at local level solutions to mend this gap. These localised solutions will also help bring down the operational cost to a great extend, making the overall business viable for operators and affordable for end consumers he further added”.
Addressing the gathering at the summit, Mr Sanjay Vidyarthi, Summit Co-Chair and Founder & CEO, Bharat to India Connect, enlightened the delegates with issues faced by sectors like education, healthcare and agriculture and said that all these issues can be solved with telecom based services. He further said that telecom is critical to solving many problems of rural India. It can also generate thousands of employment opportunities in these regions. He added that all we need to do is to design and deliver a solution-oriented services which are cost effective as well and can bring some change at the ground level”.
Mr C S Rao, Chairman, QuadGen Wireless, said that there is a huge opportunity exist in the rural market and the only problem is the financial viability of the business. He said that if we start looking at customising the services specifically designed to cater to these markets, we can solve this issue as well. It is time now to connect rural India with the urban landscape”.
The summit marked the presence of speakers from renowned telecom companies and was attended by over 150 participants. DigiAnalysys was one of the media partner at the summit.