NOKIA, IIT India to Tap Unlicensed Spectrum for Rural Connectivity

13 February 2016
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NOKIA, IIT India to Tap Unlicensed Spectrum for Rural Connectivity Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia - Image Credit: Nokia

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), one of the country's foremost educational institutions, has partnered with Nokia to create technology solutions that will enhance broadband connectivity in rural India. Under the 3-year partnership, Nokia will fund and provide technological expertise for research at IIT-M's Center of Excellence for Wireless Technology (CEWiT). The project will evaluate the option of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity to remote rural communities in India, complementing the government's National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) initiative.

Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India region, Nokia
We are really excited about this research collaboration with IIT-Madras, which will leverage its talent and innovation to drive the Indian government's vision of empowering rural communities through broadband connectivity.

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras
Together with Nokia, IIT-Madras, through its Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, will explore new avenues for getting affordable wireless broadband technology to rural India in an effort to bridge the digital divide. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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