Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has partnered with Nokia Networks to create technology solutions that will enhance broadband connectivity in rural India.

Under the three-year partnership, Nokia will fund and provide technological expertise for research at IIT-M’s Centre of Excellence for Wireless Technology.

The project will evaluate options for using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cost-effective, last-mile broad-band connectivity to remote rural communities in India, complementing the government’s National Optical Fibre Network initiative.

The research project aims to bridge the connectivity divide in India by broadening the reach of broadband in rural areas, said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director of IIT Madras.

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