Telecom revolution has bypassed villagers: Sibal



New Delhi: Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said the telecom revolution has not benefited the rural people much.

The rural teledensity as compared to the urban teledensity remains low, he said at the curtain raiser ceremony of international exhibition and conference India Telecom 2011 with the theme 'M-Powering India'.

"The fact that rural teledensity stands at 36 percent against the urban teledensity of 163 percent shows that the telecom revolution has not reached the people who will really need to be benefited," said Sibal.

"It should be our endeavour to ensure that this revolution is completed in an equitable manner," he added.

The sixth India Telecom 2011, international exhibition and conference, planned by the telecom department and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is scheduled for Dec 7-9 and will focus on areas such as broadband, green telecom, 3G and broadband wireless access proliferation in India.

The exhibition will also see discussions on key points such as telecom innovations in the Indian market, India as a manufacturing hub, value-added services, number portability and mobile financial services in India.

Sibal also launched two mobile application products -- digital mandi for the Indian farmers developed by state-owned BSNL and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, telecom centre of excellence (TCOE) and mobile social networking platform by Tata Teleservices and IIT, Bombay, TCOE.

Mandi service will provide farmers access to prices of crops in vegetable markets. The service can also run on low-end phones. A farmer can choose to listen to or read the prices and get alerts in his native language.

The mobile social network platform by Tata Teleservices will develop personalised applications and send targeted promotions to users within the network. These advertisements will be based on the user's demographic profile, call detail records and other areas of interest.

IANS