This is stupidity compounded by idiocy. Miffed at not getting enough “tax breaks” from the Government, they have not really invested in the kind of infrastructure that was really needed to.
Depsite “millions of broadband hooked subscribers”, the Internet penetration in India remains a measly 0.04%. This has been because of the short sighted policies adopted by the Government. When they realised that it wouldn’t be feasible to service the wireline, ISP’s of all hues are now are crowing about the WiMax as the next best thing to have happened to Indians for Internet access. I see beaming executives go to that “extra” mile to ensure that the word gets hammered about the all pervasive Internet access. And understandably so. They are only concenterating in metros and class A cities. This means that the poor guy getting his fix of porn in Jhumritalliya via dial up Internet would still have to wait for atleast another generation before Broadband reaches him.
This becomes interesting. Much of the energy is being squandered away in setting up parallel networks. Railways has a HUGE optic fibre network and while there was a lot of hue and cry about spinning off a seperate arm to provide a backbone, nothing seems to have come off it. While most of us are still bandwidth starved for online applications. Guys, if speeds of 2 MBps are “fast” enough, imagine what Gigabits speeds would do to your Internet access.
Spectrum issues are difficult to get rid off. It is next to impossible to imagine a situation when Indians would think rationally. It is a “me too” syndrome affecting all the nuts who control your access to Internet. Reliance, VSNL (yeah, those morons too), BSNL (the bastardised sonofabitch of Department of Telecom) and what not are jumping in the fray. I read about BSNL were holding trials in Pune. What came of it?
There are people who claim about selling Wimax “enabled” notebooks to ensure “always on” connectivity. If I am not mistaken, Intel has sunk in millions to create a “standard” for Wireless access and their future stock prices (and hence profits) hinge on the early adoption of this “standard”. I condemn this for all practical purposes. Because, we would be locked in a certain format and the airwaves are a public property. How the F*** they decide to dictate us the laws of the game? In my opinion, the Wireless Access Standards should be based on Open Source (if there is any) so that the public property remains in it’s hands. Since the custodians in the form of Government have already sold off their souls to the Devil incarnate, it makes no sense to petition to them. Yet what the F*** the media watchdogs are doing?
A single company by virtue of it’s dominance should not be allowed to rule the airwaves just the way it is doing. In a way, all these companies would have to pay their “taxes” to the “patent holder” and we would be subsidising their efforts. A sad scene anyway.
In any case, the Wireless Internet sucks. It would be a novelty indeed but ask those people who have been using GPRS enabled handsets to access Internet. With snailish speeds (if the access can be called as a speed), it is akin to two snails “f***ing” away to glory. And trust me, that takes forever and forever!
I hope that better sense prevails and wireline networks get rolled out to challange BSNL’s rat infested networks. This is the least I can expect; anything more would be a disaster!