India’s Digital Highways may not be a Distant Dream

The Verge reported hours ago, that New York city is drawing up plans to deploy around 10,000 internet pylons in the city, so that it caters to needs of the people by providing free Wi-Fi, whenever, wherever, absolutely free domestic calls, city guide touch screen kiosks and many more things. Now what really are these futuristic stuffs that we are talking about? Internet Pylons? Well, they are nothing but physical structures, running on Wi-Fi networks providing connectivity of all sorts to an entire city.

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When the man Narendra Modi talked about the long and short of a dream, most of us, cried wolf! Yet again! I wouldn’t put the blame on us. After decades of betrayal and inactive, corrupt government, all of us, from deep within, were waiting in anticipation of our knight in shining armour. A man who would possess the courage to dream, and spreading a viral enthusiasm, that one day the whole world would cast an envious eye. I wouldn’t be able to speak on somebody else’s behalf, but personally, I don’t give a damn, if Modi doesn’t deliver on his poll promises. I would give it a hundred social likes if this knight in shining armour would keep the accelerator for inspiration. I know in my mind, that this is the first step. After that it would be a long story.

When you talk about creating Digital Highways in India, you can be two things. You are either a great visionary who will keep no stone unturned to seek what you desire; else, all that comes out of your mouth is more bullshit. For the moment, I want to give our Prime Minister this benefit of doubt. This desire of getting inspired brought me down to have a gem of an idea when I saw that New York City is going forward with probably the biggest social experiments with ‘free public Wi-Fi deployment under the banner of NYCLink.

The Verge reported hours ago, that New York city is drawing up plans to deploy around 10,000 internet pylons in the city, so that it caters to needs of the people by providing free Wi-Fi, whenever, wherever, absolutely free domestic calls, city guide touch screen kiosks and many more things. Now what really are these futuristic stuffs that we are talking about? Internet Pylons? Well, they are nothing but physical structures, running on Wi-Fi networks providing connectivity of all sorts to an entire city.

Yes, you heard that right; it might be a farfetched cry to extrapolate the idea of deploying Wi-Fi in the Indian cities and the might be in the rural areas in the far future, but it is something of worth, to give a thought to. We hear about Sachin adopting a village and modelling it to a self-sustaining model, giving away 24*7 power, basic amenities, and internet connectivity, but do you think it’s really a one man’s job? I know, such acts of generosity can foster the much desired change in a nation, and I am 100% behind it, but it needs something more than a token of love, to change the ignorant ones. It needs innovation in a country that has been fighting for survival since time immemorial.

You might again say that these are the luxuries of the people who are blessed with greater means, but then what do we deserve? 70 years to freedom, and yes we are still running campaigns to provide toilets in every home, striving for power in every home, decent roads in our cities, crying our voices about the tax payer’s money going out the Swiss banks et al. Information is power, knowledge is awareness and wisdom is what builds the character of a country.

The NYCLink might just be the spark that could set us off in the right path, of paving miles of Digital Highways in the country and bridge the Himalayan gaps of information divide that exists in our country.

 

NYC Link Console. WI-FI Hub - Carving the way out for smarter Cities
NYC Link Console. WI-FI Hub – Carving the way out for smarter Cities. Source: http://www.link.nyc/

5 reasons why I think an indigenous Wi-Fi ecosystem would work for India –

  • Because of the immense potential that connectivity can give to our people. Creating ripples of awareness, and coupled with the right amount of education it can open up a never seen before phenomena by bridging the gap between the rural and the urban areas that have nothing widened since independence.
  • Secondly, because, It could open up a can of worms at least where revenues are concerned! Reports suggest that the NYC Link project is going to generate over $500 million in 12 years. Imagine the figure in a city like Delhi or Mumbai, with almost twice the population, multitude of mobile users in an emerging market economy.
  • This could see a surge of infrastructure growth in the county, foreign investments and bring our first smart cities in the picture.
  • With the ever growing IT service industry prowess in the Indian hemisphere, this could be a stepping stone, into innovation and self-sustenance from domestic revenues for the long period of time.
  • After the success of the Mars mission, this is more than a dream now, of developing the entire infrastructure indigenously, engineer it at dirt cheap rates and market the same as a product outside, in other areas of emerging markets.

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