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Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (Madras), India. He also leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks Group (TeNeT) at IIT Madras. The TeNeT group incubates a number of R&D companies which work in partnership with the group to develop world class technologies. In an exclusive interview with i4d, he shares his ideas and thoughts on the scope of rural BPOs in India and connectivity and technologies barriers in establishing rural BPOs.
What was the idea behind the launch of the TeNeT Group? And what is the vision of the TeNeT group?
TeNet was established a decade ago, with a vision of ‘World-class Technology at an Affordable Price’ and with an objective of transforming India. The aim of the organisation is to address the socio-economic needs of India and other developing countries through a market-driven and technological approach. Initially, TeNeT started research to foster telecom connectivity in urban areas, rural areas and Internet connectivity in rural areas. Now the organisation is visioning