Wi-Fi or a local area wireless technology could be a fourth generation (4G) connection for digitizing rural India, Railtel Corporation of India chairman and managing director R.K.Bahuguna said Saturday. Also Read - Oppo patents phone with support for Li-Fi technology
“Wi-Fi could be a 4G of rural India,” he said while speaking at the CEO Roundtable on the Aegis Graham Bell Awards 2014 supported by Cellular Operators’ Association of India. Formed in 2000, Railtel is a miniratna government enterprise to provide nation-widebroadband, telecom and multimedia network. 4G LTE is the fastest network connection available in India. Also Read - Qualcomm launches new Wi-Fi 6E enabled chips for smartphones and routers
The government has embarked on an ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project that aims at providing broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in India by March 2017. “The government has done a pilot project in three villages, each in Tripura, Rajasthan and Odisha to connect blocks through Wi-Fi in 2012,” said Bahuguna, contending Wi-Fi is pocket friendly for rural India as well compared to broadband. Also Read - Xiaomi AX1800 WiFi 6 router launched with a quad-core Qualcomm chip and built-in NPU
“They have limited usage and Wi-Fi is not expensive,” he added.