I heard of optic fibre cables for the first time a few years ago from one of the professors at my college of graduation. After googling around for some time (yahoo–ing too… sorry bing, you were not there at that point of time… you’re not-so-good brother MSN Search was there), I learned that laying optic fibre cables involves gigantic capital outlay and India is investing heavily in to it to expand the connectivity in the country. Co-incidentally a few days later I also learned nuances of wireless internet. Since then I have always been thinking that, “If the ultimate aim is to increase connectivity, why not invest in relatively cheaper wireless infrastructure since portability in accessing internet is seen to be future of internet connectivity, rather than capital intensive optic fibre cable infrastructure?” Two days back I was glad to know that an author at Times of India (TOI) also shares the same opinion as of mine and has rightly stated it in his editorial column of the newspaper, dated March 26, 2010.
The author quoted above mentions in his referred article,
“…But we too are showing muddled thinking in addressing the problem, opting for a capital-intensive optic fibre network instead of focusing on wireless infrastructure to expand connectivity.”
You can access the above referred TOI’s Editorial column over here Opportunity Knocks.