Ericsson Launches Gramjyoti Rural Broadband Project

Ericsson has launched the Gramjyoti Rural Broadband Project, an initiative to introduce benefits of WCDMA/HSPA technology in rural India and connect communities to high-speed internet services.

The trial project was launched in early September and will showcase the benefits of a host of mobile broadband applications across 18 villages and 15 towns close to Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

By creating an ecosystem based on WCDMA/HSPA technology, Ericsson will provide these communities with high-speed internet so they can access a range of new services including: telemedicine; e-education; e-governance; online local information; voice and video call services; and live TV and entertainment.

Community centres with PCs and mobiles, mobile ambulances connected using HSPA are extending government services and tele-medicine benefits to rural communities. As part of the project, more than 3000 students at three high schools in these communities will have high-speed internet access and receive e-learning courses.

Mats Granryd, MD of Ericsson India, says, “Ericsson aims to help India’s rural population get first-hand experience of broadband applications. This pioneering project will provide communities with access to meaningful broadband services for the first time. Building an efficient and affordable WCDMA/HSPA rural broadband can help serve as a blueprint for the widespread introduction of internet and broadband connectivity in the future.”

The Gramjyoti Project is supported by partners including Apollo Hospitals, Hand In Hand, Edurite, One97, CNN and Cartoon Network.

Updated Date: Jan 31, 2017 01:16:56 IST