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India launches solar-powered Wi-Fi system

Posted: 06 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Digital India  Wi-Fi  solar power  next generation network 

In a bid to advance the Digital India initiative, C-DOT launched four broadband products today, including a solar-powered Wi-Fi system, according to an official statement quoted by Hindustan Times. C-DOT is the research and development institute of the Department of Telecommunications.

Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad unveiled the solar-powered Wi-Fi along with 100Gbit/s optical fibre cable (OFV) link, long distance Wi-Fi system and C-DOT's next generation network (NGN) in MTNL network. The launch was part of the Digital India week.

Operating in licence-exempt bands of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, the solar-powered Wi-Fi system is designed to be used in outdoor environments and inaccessible terrains, where power is in short supply, according to C-DOT. It can also function in harsh conditions and with variable input voltages. In addition, the system can be used for cellular base stations and base station controllers, Wi-Fi hotspots, database servers and ATMs.

The OFC link will address the growing demand for superior bandwidth, power efficiency and high speed, while the long distance Wi-Fi system will extend Wi-Fi and IP connectivity to India's isolated parts. Cost-effective and power-efficient, the system can provide 100Mbit/s of broadband speed, C-DOT claimed.

Finally, the NGN solution takes care of the need of the evolving telecom industry and helps telecom firms to have a smooth shift from legacy time division multiplexing (TDM) technology to advanced VoIP Telecom technology.

C-DOT earlier tested the developed live network for 1,000 landline connections of legacy public switched telephone network (PSTN) technologies to its IMS-compliant NGN network technology, and the result turned out to be a success. The trial will allow MTNL to implement services, such as voice, video and data, through several access-based network on IP.

Moreover, C-DOT said that it is now viable to move its 3.5 million MTNL landline subscribers to an IP-based network.

- Stephen Padilla
  EE Times India

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