C-DoT launches cheap, long-distance wifi/broadband technologies to bring Internet to (almost) every Indian


While still deciding on how to respond to the net neutrality discussion earlier this year, the Indian government seems to be keen on implementing its own solutions to bridge the Internet divide by launching custom solutions to bring connectivity to rural/remote areas.

Launched yesterday are four of these:

  1. Long distance Wi-Fi system: capable of providing 100Mbps broadband speed to users of distant locations.
  • Direct Optical Fibre at WAN interface, which enables high speed connectivity with consistent bandwidth.
  • Mesh technology, which makes connectivity possible even where direct Line of Sight (LoS)is not present.
  • Support to link redundancy in case of failure of one radio/link.
  1. Solar powered Wi-Fi system: designed for outdoor environments, inaccessible terrains, where there is no guarantee for continuous power.

  2. 100Gbps OFC Link: versatile mini 100G OTN (Optical Transport Network) platform based on the latest standards offering the ease of being deployed in both Greenfield networks and existing OTN(Optical Transport Network) environments.

  3. C-DOT Next Generation Network (NGN) in MTNL Network: enables TELCOs to make a smooth transition from legacy TDM ( Time Division Multiplexing) technology to advance VoIP Telecom technology.

What do you think about the role of these in taking broadband to every nook and corner of India?


There’s a question of what they want for this; there was a situation in Nicaragua where a large telco – with government buy-in – was offering nationwide high-speed connectivity in exchange for being able to monitor the traffic. Of course, this was something the Nicaraguan community was strongly against, and we supported their stance.

Is there going to be a similar proposal in India?


Indian telecoms have all agreed to the licensing agreement which has a clause about central monitoring system. So, unfortunately, yes this will also come under government monitoring.

The debate questioning India government’s spying schemes hasn’t really kicked off yet. It was just last week that a comprehensive article about a pilot project made its limited rounds through social media. Sadly, it is the same C-DoT that is developing the Central Monitoring System (India’s PRISM).

Indian Government Snooping on Citizens

What is really needed is a mesh app for smartphones so that mobiles can extend wi-fi range. Once we have an app (and it isn’t a power hog) and we get adoption, this would help.