NGN must connect and empower every Indian: Scindia

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) The government today asked telecom service providers to make use of the Next Generation Carriers for providing affordable voice, data and triple play service in rural and remotest part of the country.

Opening a Seminar on ''Next Generation Carrier Systems: Trends and Technologies'' here, Minister of State for Communications and IT Jyotiraditya Scindia said Next Generation Network (NGN) should become a catalyst to connect and empower every Indian and to provide affordable services and wider penetration of telecom network.

In order to reap the benefits of NGN services, attention needs to be paid towards creating an enabling competitive environment and conditions of massive adoption of this technology, the Minister said.

He pointed out that the better services to citizens will depend on the strength of the carrier services, adding that world class telecommunications infrastructure is the key to the rapid economic and social development.

''There is a crying need to upgrade the country's telecom infrastructure with the latest technology,'' he said.

Next Generation Carrier Systems is technology that promises an array of future services and new opportunities for the telecom service providers.

It enables a wide range of services with savings in cost and maintenance effort while providing bandwidth on demand and flexibility in service provisioning.

With ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive accessibility, NGN is expected to bring an extensive range of innovative services, greater control, personalisation and ease of migration between services.

Use of NGNs that converge multiple networks into one by converting voice, video and data into tiny packets over a single high-speed network is also expected to bring down ILD call rates as well as enhance data connectivity.

NGNs will also help provide the ICT infrastructure that will deliver the next wave of services and applications to our citizens.

The seminar was organised by Pacific Telecom Council India Foundation and was attended by senior representatives from the government and private sectors and regulators relating to the telecom industry and services.

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