Best Prac­tices by Other Coun­tries

Voice&Data - - COVER STORY - C0 Founder & CEO, Ca­reer Power Founder & CEO, Eclinic247 chair­per­son, broad­band in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee, FICCI.

Cities like Stock­holm in Swe­den, Seoul in South Korea, Port­land and New York in USA and Sin­ga­pore have used var­i­ous mod­els of pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships to build broad­band in­fra­struc­ture.

Suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tions in Swe­den (By 2010, near ubiq­ui­tous access to 2 MBPS ser­vice; 40% of households with access to 100 MBPS con­nec­tions by 2015 and 90% by 2020), United Kingdom (By 2012, 2 MBPS ser­vice to all households) and Ger­many (75% of households with high-speed broad­band access at trans­mis­sion rates of at least 50 MBPS by 2014) are pub­licly stated pol­icy goals for broad­band plan world­wide.

Malaysia started Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion in 1996 to move higher GDP con­trib­u­tor sec­tors like man­u­fac­tur­ing first to the newer and lat­est tech­nolo­gies to re­duce costs and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity. On the Broad­band front, in 2008, Malaysia started HSBP (High Speed Broad­band Pro­gram Phase 1) that was a PPP be­tween the govern­ment and the in­cum­bent op­er­a­tor Telekom Malaysia where the govern­ment put the seed cap­i­tal over which the op­er­a­tor cre­ated ser­vices and made the project sus­tain­able by plough­ing back the re­turns. With this project, Malaysia has to­day near 70% Broad­band pen­e­tra­tion with av­er­age speed of 7.5 MBPS.

All the global im­ple­men­ta­tions hint to­wards the quin­tes­sen­tial role of pri­vate en­ti­ties to drive in­fra­struc­ture up­grade for Broad­band.

Though it is pru­dent to un­der­stand how other coun­tries have achieved higher Broad­band pen­e­tra­tions, the unique­ness of In­dia in sev­eral ways makes her dis­tinct than other coun­tries. There­fore, while con­tem­plat­ing use of a tech­nol­ogy, busi­ness model or poli­cies to be ad­min­is­tered, In­dia should go in her unique and most suited way rather than adopt­ing ac­quired solutions.

Govern­ment should take the pri­mary role in pro­vi­sion­ing and en­able­ment of Broad­band in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try. How­ever, there should be a Pub­lic-Pri­vate part­ner­ship model adopted to spur the growth and in­vest­ments, as was done in case of high­ways and air­ports.

In cer­tain coun­tries, the role of lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies has been very im­por­tant and proac­tive. Now with the smart cities com­ing up, there should be deeper in­volve­ment of mu­nic­i­pal and other ur­ban planning bod­ies in the scal­ing up of Broad­band in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices in cities.

It is sug­gested that tech­nol­ogy ver­sus po­ten­tial use case map­ping be done con­sid­er­ing fac­tors in­clud­ing to­pog­ra­phy, ge­og­ra­phy and so­cio-eco­nomic pro­file of the re­gion/area in ques­tion. This would help in iden­ti­fy­ing the var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies that could be al­ter­na­tives avail­able for achiev­ing a goal. Also, this would pro­mote the adoption of best tech­nol­ogy avail­able among sev­eral al­ter­na­tives.

Vil­lages and tier 2 & 3 cities are not ac­cess­ing through in­ter­net, just be­cause it is slow and un­re­li­able. High qual­ity broad­band can change all that

Anil Na­gar

In many tier 3 towns of In­dia the doc­tor : pop­u­la­tion ra­tio is like that of sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa. Broad­band is the only so­lu­tion to en­hance access to med­i­cal ser­vices there

Jeyan­dran Venu­gopal

The in­dus­try and the govern­ment must work to­gether to en­sure that tele­com in­fra­struc­ture is fu­ture proof. We can­not change and up­grade it ev­ery few years

Swati Ran­gachari

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