sari - Creating Access, Value and Profits with Rural ICT...

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Creating Access, Value and Profits with Rural ICT Services Hypothesis: The Internet is POWER Hypothesis is largely untested in rural context Development Community is slow/ineffective Private sector is still unconvinced/unable Opportunity knocks: Cable STD/PCO SMS/wireless Prepaid
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Need: Assessments and Best-Practice Hypothesis: The Internet is POWER But need to do for the Internet what others have done for voice telephony, e.g. rigorous evidence of: ± micro- and macro-economics ± consumer surplus ± productivity gains ± earnings, wages, employment ± women’s empowerment ± health and wellness ± education and literacy ± peace and security.…
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SARI: Sustainable Access in Rural India SARI is a project of ± MIT ± IIT Madras ± Harvard University ± iGyan Foundation ± n-Logue Communications Pvt. Ltd.
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WLL Village Tele-kiosks ± Provide Internet (via WLL/CorDECT), PC, and application suite (an Internet tele-kiosk) to villages - many off the phone grid ± Village Internet tele-kiosks are locally owned and operated (franchise model)
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corDECT ± Internet provision at rates that can handle applications such as video chat ± Toll-quality voice services and simple connectivity to the PSTN ± Affordability and robust performance more important than unnecessary new features
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course MAS 666 taught by Professor Alexpentland during the Fall '03 term at MIT.

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