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“If there is no value seen in broadband, then it is unlikely to be adopted. Many of the PCO operators have become de-facto common service agents.”

“There is value in the Internet for the masses, but it is not being perceived because of the way it is being delivered.”  — Arvind Sitaraman, Cisco Development Organization

“For a disruptive technology to succeed, it needs to be a for profit enterprise – not an non-profit or an NGO.” – Sanjay Swamy, MChek:

“We have to make content and technology accessible to people of all languages – India is a country of bilingual or even trilingual people.”

=== “We need technology initiatives to be more modular – if I want a phone with only 3 buttons – one for calling my wife, my parents and my daughter, it should be available. What if I don’t want to call anyone else?” — Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad

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“Interoperability is a huge issue with cloud computing. No forced issues, but as you use a service, the data keeps getting collected. Nothing stopping you from moving out data, but try getting 3TB of accumilated data out.” — Jawahar Malhotra, Yahoo R&D

“For the consumer, there needs to be continuity of experience – seamless movement between networks and devices. Convergence is going to be one of the main drivers of this. The broadcasting, IT and telecom – each has a different route, but for a user, they are all coming together. We’re being offered a bouquet of services. There is some kind of a clash that is going to happen in the future – saying this is my turf. For people like Airtel, Vodafone and Doordarshan, it will be a tough war. But at the end of the day, the consumer will win. — Bharat Bhatia, Motorola

“Technologies bring in efficiences, but the only answer is people. You can take advantage of a data set, but you need someone who can understand how to use it. We look for teams that have the domain knowhow.” — Sateesh Andra, DFJ

“It’s very difficult to scale something down. You have to design for the masses – especially in the technology space, you need to think about the bottom of the pyramid from the beginning, even if you start at the top and scale it down.” — Sanjay Swamy, MChek

“FedEx is probably the fasted way of transferring huge datasets (rather than online).” — Jawahar Malhotra, Yahoo R&D

“Every mobile phone can be its own TV station in India in 10 years.” —  Ramesh Raskar, MIT Media Lab

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“What the next generation networks will enable is that today you have multiple operators each providing a different service. With the next generation network layer, you’ll have all the services on one network, and they will be distributed accordingly to smart homes.” –– Arvind Sitaraman, Cisco Development Organization

“We’ve followed the mothership pieces (in terms of investment), but now I see a huge opportunity in digging deeper and investing in healthcare – primary healthcare. Also in information bureus and reaching out. The middle and bottom of the pyramid, and microtransactions are key themes…these themes are not in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, but in the tranches.” — Sateesh Andra, DFJ

“One of the projects that I handle is about getting Internet and Internet services in the rural areas. The kind of optimisim that we’ve seen from the private sector – the government has ended up saving almost 75% of the envisaged investment. We’ve also seen this in the rural telecom towers. The access technologies make it possible for the delivery of the services, but we’ve have to ensure that services like healthcare and education also need to come up to speed.” — Aruna Sunderrajan, CEO of Common Services Center project, Govt of India.

“The farmer sends us a video of a crop with the pest, and we know by the time of the query and the photo the state of the crop, an can revert to him on the state. we should think about innovations both on material inputs and knowledge. We need to create markets for knowledge based solutions.” — Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad

“If offices move to Google Docs entirely, they’ll need 1mbps connectivity per person” — Jawahar Malhotra, Yahoo R&D

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