Arguably, this has the hacks interested. There is a lot of hoopla about the probable launch of WiMax in Chennai. As usual, the platitudes were laid out, the newspapers crowed about the next gen technology streaming in digital content on the laptops et al.
This “teaser” brings us on to another glaring deficit in landline business. It’s been over a year and a half and we still have plain vanilla “broadband” to speak off. BSNL is putting up the advertisement banners on it’s home page promising the next best thing to have happened ever since they launched “Broadband”. They seem to have finally set up the gaming portals and hope that enough users would be entinced to put in their money where the keyboard (and mouse) is. The unlimited plan is still capped at 256 k with an awful ratio which makes it a horrible experience to share the torrents.
It is the systematic failure of thought process because the whole decision making process is handled by incompetent assholes or glorified babus. It seems that no one wants to take the ‘risk’ of sticking out their necks- the buffons are clearly out of tune with the existing realities elsewhere. We have a floundering fixed line telephony and the rural divide seems to be widening like Mallika Sherawat’s legs apart.
Ditto for the jammed networks in the metros/ cities. To overcome the “shortage” and probably hoping to catch on the media inspired “mania”, everything 3G/ Wi wi thingy is a stuff of legend. To keep up the hopes alive for the possible onslaught of the advertising campaigns, we are being made to believe that 3 G is going to be a manna from heaven. It isn’t true but we all tend to believe it.
Sunil Jain has as usual argued about the pricing of 3 G and 2G spectrum charges. It does make for a sorry reading of present affairs. Even though the points raised seem to be “confusing’, in order to cut the crap, the present impasse is clearly suggestive of muddled thinking and havoc with the public resources.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had declared that the air waves are a public property. We as the ultimate users have no say in the matters at all! The appointed babus/ politicians are supposed to take care of our interests and not the Hutch’s/ Tata’s/ Reliance’s of all hues. Argued that this is a highly technical debate, but is clearly acting out on our own interests. Look at the way the companies tend to treat in their customers and you would know the true extent the way they loot us to line their own pockets.
We do need a debate on the issue of implementing untested technologies- spectrum is a scarce resource and it would be patently absurd to sink on capital at something that is unproven anywhere else. Or loot the scarce public resources.