Friday, January 20, 2017

Where Should India Focus Internet Access Capital Investment?

Some might say, in terms of fixed network internet access, across South Asia. Others might say that is less important than achieving robust mobile access at higher speeds, since that is the way most people are going to use internet access services.

Perhaps paradoxically, India and others should not deploy excessive capital on fixed facilities, instead focusing on mobile access at higher speeds, one might argue. The best way to get everyone connected is to use the mobile and wireless platforms that can be deployed and used faster, at lower cost and lower investment levels, right now.

Infrastructure is a major barrier, among several, for Indian internet access ubiquity, according to McKinsey and Company. In fact, according to McKinsey, infrastructure is the single biggest barrier to widespread internet access.

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