Mahabalipuram: Telecom equipment vendor Ericsson announced on 19 September the launch of “Gram Jyoti Rural Broadband Project”, which would introduce benefits of wireless technology in rural India, connecting communities to high- speed internet services for the first time.
This pilot project, which uses CDMA (W-CDMA)/High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), showcases the benefits of mobile broadband applications across 18 villages and 15 towns near Chennai.
Using the technology, communities can access a wide range of services like telemedicine, e-education, e-governance, online local information like rates for agricultural products, video conferencing and live TV and entertainment.
Also, as part of the project, more than 3,000 students at three high schools in these communities will have high-speed internet access and receive e-learning courses.
“It has been initially introduced in three centres,” Ericsson India Vice-President (Marketing and Strategy) P Balaji told reporters here today. “We are looking at taking this to one lakh villages across the country,” he said.