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Convergence, the next IT mantra

21-January-2001
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Convergence, the next IT mantra

Convergence is here. The backbone networks - to carry voice, data and video - are already merging. By 2005, all networks will run on IP. However the last mile - access to homes - remains unresolved with several technologies - DTH, DSL, digital terrestrial - competing for attention and knocking at the door. Speakers at a seminar on convergence called 'The Emerging Reality', jointly organised by Ficci and JM Morgan Stanley, highlighted the flux in the convergence landscape: According to Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharati Enterprises, infrastructure will hold the key to spread of convergence in India. It would take another three to four years to span out in the country.. Amit Sharma, vice-president of Motorola feels that the cable TV network will play a crucial role in spread of convergence in the country. Cable TV penetration in the country has exceeded that of fixed line telephone connectivity. According to Ramesh Venkataraman, partner, Mckinsey & Co, direct-to-home and DSL technology will compete with each other to offer last mile connectivity to end-users. R R Shah, CEO of Prasar Bharati was of the view that most delivery technologies will co-exist with each other in the long run. Kiran Karnik, managing director, Discovery Channel felt that even if technologies converge, social and cultural habits will prevent complete convergence.

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