Improving India’s mobile phone service4 min read . Updated: 17 Apr 2018, 02:01 AM IST
Rising data needs require increased bandwidth, but increasing the number of cell towers comes with economic and zoning problems
India has notoriously bad cellular connectivity, especially in terms of quality—call drops, for instance. Sure, prices are about the lowest in the world, and the overall footprint is reasonable, but even urban areas, especially Delhi, have worse than average quality. A simple “solution" would be to build more cell towers. This is technologically easy, but (1) it’s expensive; and (2) zoning would remain a challenge—getting permissions to put up cell towers. Instead, why not offload much of the traffic to “femtocells"—tiny, licence-free (and sometimes individual-user) “cell towers" installed by end consumers?
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