[Assam] Boradband in Guwahati
krish_gau at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 3 00:20:11 IST 2010
In that case, price will come down -- the way lack of landline phone has made way for Cell Phones. I thought in many places they use Cable line for internet. And cable is more pervasive then Phone line in India.
In India it is out of necessity as it is still very hard (almost impossible?) for inside areas to get a land line in India. For example, even at Parijat Academy, even though it's just a few kms away from Guwahati, they have to depend on a wireless connection for internet. Hence the Tata Photon+ (or something similar) is the only way that they can communicate with the world.
> Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:01:33 -0700
> From: krish_gau at yahoo.com
> To: assam at assamnet.org
> Subject: [Assam] Broadband in Guwahati
> I am yet to see "essential items" priced at per with dollar. By "essential items" I would not think big ticket luxury items.
> Having said that, it is no denying that price of goods in comaprision to earning is high in India.
> However, this also shows that a large number of Indians have risen from lower middle class to upper middle class which is a good sign.
> I would attribute most of India's problems to population density -- the simple demand and supply.
> Thsi include housing (a major issue in bigger cities) , traffic etc.
> Hwoever, IMO Public Transport system in India (at least parts of India) is far better and affordable (in Indian terms, I would clarify) then what is available in Major US cities. Here , I would compare the MBTA (Public Transport of Boston ) to that in Mumbai and Mumbai definitely is much superior in terms of both punctuality and safety .
> Mumbai trains run ever 4- 5 minutes in 3 different routes (and a number of sub-routes) and are very punctual . Also there have not been any major collission in ages. Comparing that to Boston public transport having frequently delayed trains, at least 3 collissions in last 2 years, and regular cancellations , Mumbai stands far superior.
> True, there are cases where people fall off the train, one has to travel like a pack of sardins but all these have nothing to do with operation of the Public Transport.
> The same goes for the BEST bus service .
> Public transport is very affordable in other parts of India too though it might lack in punctuality and safety .
> Education -- The Right to Education law got implemented from yesterday. This is a right move and I am hopeful this will bring improvement.
> All in all, India is progressing -- at a fast rate.
> Coming back to the original topic -- the price of wireless boradband will surely come down. It is just a matter of time. And I really do not understand why a School Teacher or a Grocer or a Farmer (be it in India or US) need a wireless broadband. Wireless broadband is mostly for people who are constantly on wheels (like sales folks) for rest, wired broadband is good enough.
> On Apr 1, 2010, at 3:01 PM, Krishnendu Chakraborty wrote:
> > There are couple of fallacies here --
> > First is to equate $2000 to Rs 2000 or $15 to Rs15. That is
> > simply not true .
> *** I wouldn't argue that. Obviously I was oversimplifying. But it
> does have parallels, in many instances.
> Compared to what an average man earns in the USA vs. one in India,
> many items of essential goods
> and services, particularly in the most affluent Indian metros, would
> place the rupee at par with the dollar.
> It is in that context I cited the cost of wireless internet ( not cell-
> phone service) as highly unaffordable
> to the average iNdian. I agree cell phone service has indeed become
> not only widely available, of reasonable
> quality and affordable to the average man on the street.
> Now if one can say the same thing of housing, a decent education,
> medical care, food, transportation and so forth,
> then one can rightfully claim that the life of an average Indian has
> indeed improved demonstrably to an acceptable
> level, considering its human and other resources.
> > There are number of other parameters. For example, a successful
> > architect might be earning $200K per year in US but the same
> > architect will make Rs20,00,000 pa in India. The figures are random
> > but the bottomline is $1=Rs1 equation does not work.
> > Second, wireless communication does not mean wireless internet
> > alone. That is a very new creature. Wireless communication
> > largely is Cell Phone Services and yes, a Daily wage earner can
> > and do afford to have a Cell Phone in India. In India, the plumber
> > who works in your house, the maid, the chaiwalla everybody has a
> > cell phone. I will not be surprised if the beggars of some posh
> > locations have cell phones.
> > Any new technology is expensive -- everywhere. think about the Core
> > 2 duo laptop with windows Vista and 4 GB RAM which you purchased 2
> > years back for over a thousand USD ... you will get that for less
> > then half the price today.
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