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Title:  Can 3G technologies benefit rural India?
Authors: Venkatesh, G
Ramachandra, Ashwin
Keywords: 3G technology;HSDPA;GSM
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: CSIR
PACS No.: 84.40.Ua
Abstract:  To increase telecom penetration into rural India, we would need low cost options for networks and devices that provide support not only for voice services, but also for rich media and higher data rate services. In this paper, the authors examine whether the evolution of GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) into 3G and HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) could enable this transformation, since this provides higher peak data rates and also significantly increases the network capacity. The problem is that 3G devices and services are typically part of the premium (high-price) services in the developed countries, while they have to be offered at very affordable prices if they have to take off in the rural areas. A paradigm shift may thus be required to resolve this paradox. In this paper, the authors examine if low cost 3G and HSDPA is really feasible.
Page(s): 172-177
ISSN: 0975-105X (Online); 0367-8393 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJRSP Vol.36(3) [June 2007]

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