Indian Villagers Pedal Wireless


Wired Online:: Raw muscle power might achieve what the Indian government so far hasn’t been able to: spreading the telecom revolution to the 700 million rural people of the country. This month, 5,000 young men on bicycles carrying mobile phones equipped with CDMA Wireless Local Loop will ride into 5,000 West Bengal villages. Not only will the endeavor provide these men with a steady source of income — they keep 25 percent of profits from all calls made — but they will also bring telephone services to village doorsteps for the first time.

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