Under the three-year partnership signed between Nokia and IIT-Madras, Nokia will fund and provide technological expertise for research at IIT-M’s Center of Excellence for Wireless Technology.

The successful implementation of this project is a key social development objective for Nokia in India,” said Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India region.

Funding and technology will be used to create technology solutions on enhancing broadband connectivity for rural India. This project will also be an adjunct to government’s National Optical Fibre Network initiative, where the project will assess usage of unlicensed spectrums to deliver cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity to villages and creating effective low cost rural access solutions based on Wi-Fi technology.

“Together with Nokia, IIT-Madras, through its Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, will explore new avenues for getting affordable wireless broadband technology to rural India in an effort to bridge the digital divide,” said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director IIT-Madras.

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