Broadband ICTs Internet Telecom

Reaching for the stars

If minister of state for communications and IT, Sachin Pilot, is to be believed, India will be a fully wired country pretty soon. The minister says that the Rs.17,000 crore ($3.5 billion) in the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) will be utilised to connect 626,000 villages. He says that it would entail setting up 11,000 […]

Ethics & Legal issues Freedom of Information ICTs Internet Ownership

Is a free media essential for development?

A special edition of The World Debate, one of the BBC’s flagship programmes, will be filmed on Thursday October 26 at the World Congress on Communication for Development in Rome, Italy. Entitled “Is a free media essential for development?” it will be broadcast on BBC World on 28-29 October, as well as made available online. […]

Broadcast ICTs

‘Radio panchayat’, whazzat?

The Hindu reports: “Radio panchayat”, a new programme that will broadcast the progress of development projects taken up in gram panchayats, was launched at Maragodu village in Madikeri taluk in Kodagu. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30 p.m. to 7.50 p.m. people can call up and seek clarifications from panchayat representatives and officials. Ahllo, Ahllo, […]

ICTs Technology

Technologies for change

The eradication of disease, malnutrition, pollution, and illiteracy — real concern in much of the world, including the “developed” one, can be achieved by using appropriate technology. The Stanford Social Innovation Review list 10 such technology that can make a difference in the qualities of life of the majority of the people of the world. […]

Business ICTs Technology

Small town PC boom

According to hardware industry association MAIT, PC sales in India crossed the 5-million mark. What’s significant about the report is the growth of PC sales in smaller towns. The growth rate is 35%. According to the news report in ET:”Aggressive pricing from brand players cannibalised the market for assembled personal computers.” The desktop PCs had […]


eReadiness: Country data

Try the eReadiness country data. Here’s what I got for Brazil, China and India: India has to do a lot more to improve its teledensity, to put it mildly. Although the diagram is drawn from figures for 1999, the figure for 2003 is looks a lot better for India; it is 5 lines per 100 […]