The Jig Saw

Monday, March 14, 2005

Mobile phones vs Tele Centers

[Via The Economist] "Mobile phones reduce transaction costs, broaden trade networks and substitute for costly physical transport. They are of particular value when other means of communication (such as roads, post or fixed-line phones) are poor or non-existent."

Though we've heard about the numerous stories about mobile phones benefiting rural areas where road are poor and fixed phone non-existent .. in practice many of these areas don’t have network coverage for mobile phones either .. and in some of these places in
India tele centers are the only communication link to the outside world!

4 Comments:

  • I'm not sure what a telecenter is though I'd like to know. However, what the article states, and correctly in my opinion, is that mobile phone usage can bring down costs. In Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, farmers with big farms distribute cell-phones to supervisors and/or laborers and are able to keep in touch on a minute-to-minute basis with people over vast areas. Farmers in Maharshtra have utilized cell phones in remote places to know the real time prices of grain etc at the wholesale centers such as Kolhapur and Nagpur.
    The article is therefore just in stating that cell-phones can reduce costs. The lack of proper service over large areas should be seen as a call for service-providers and the government to improve services and not necessarily a demand for alternatives.

    By Blogger Balkrishna, at 11:10 AM  

  • I'm not sure what a telecenter is though I'd like to know. However, what the article states, and correctly in my opinion, is that mobile phone usage can bring down costs. In Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, farmers with big farms distribute cell-phones to supervisors and/or laborers and are able to keep in touch on a minute-to-minute basis with people over vast areas. Farmers in Maharshtra have utilized cell phones in remote places to know the real time prices of grain etc at the wholesale centers such as Kolhapur and Nagpur.
    The article is therefore just in stating that cell-phones can reduce costs. The lack of proper service over large areas should be seen as a call for service-providers and the government to improve services and not necessarily a demand for alternatives.

    By Blogger Balkrishna, at 11:12 AM  

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    By Blogger Rajesh Barnwal, at 4:42 PM  

  • What is a Telecentre?

    A Telecentre is a friendly local community centre equipped with communication and information processing equipment using computer assets with access to telecommunication networks.

    A typical Telecentre has computers, Internet, email facilities, two-way 128kb videoconferencing, photocopiers, fax machines, printers, TV & video machines, decoders, scanners and much more depending on the needs of the community.

    By Blogger Rajesh Barnwal, at 5:07 PM  

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