Chapter 2 Case #1 & #2
1. What are the implications of the low internet access rates for citizens of Hyderabad as they become active participants in the world economy over the next five to 10 years?
Hyderabad citizens rely a lot on internet-capable phone as their primary access device. In order for them to become active participants in the world economy, they have to increase the percentage of population that has regular online access on a computer. As the technology advances, more and more smart phones are becoming more affordable and the cellular service will become more affordable as well. Hyderabad citizens should have more internet access over the next five to 10 years. They will become a force in the future of the world’s economy with the access to internet.
2. Using the Web Links for this case, your library, or your favorite search engine, identifies current trends in the growth of Internet-capable phones and other online access device in India. In a report of about 200 words, evaluate the prospects for significant changes in online access rates over the next few years.
Internet-capable phones are on the rise in India. Telecom companies are developing 3G licenses and access to provide to the citizens. A surge in number of users connecting to the internet through their mobile phone will be expected for the over the next few years. India’s internet traffic on mobile devices will surpass desktop devices significantly over the next few years. Various devices such as tablet computers, smartphones, and laptops will increase internet traffic and mobile applications will be the main focus for the next few years. Mobile payments and mobile commerce should be a big part of India’s economic growth in the next few years. Experts at Google expects India to reach at least 300 million internet users by 2014, up from about 100 million now, as telecom carriers invest in high-speed wireless infrastructure and smartphones becoming cheaper. India is already the third largest internet user in the world behind US and China. As the India’s mobile broadband become more developed, the cost of having access to internet will decrease significantly and more citizens will be able to afford internet access. India will see significant growth in online access rates over the next few years.
3. Use what you learned about online access technologies in this chapter to outline several alternatives that the government of Hyderabad should consider developing (perhaps in partnership with local information technology companies) that might increase online access rate for its citizens. Prepare a report of about 200 words in which you discuss at least two of these alternatives. Some of the online access technologies are mobile broad band, Wi-Fi and hotspots are alternatives that the government of Hyderabad should consider developing that might increase online access rate for its citizens. Mobile broad band are becoming more developed in India. This will help bring the cost of smartphone and internet access down so citizens can afford to use the mobile internet. The government of Hyderabad can work with local cell phone provider and try to encourage more citizens to use internet. Mobile internet is actually cheaper than buying a desktop and subscribing internet service through an internet service provider. Wi-Fi and internet hotspots are another alternative that the government of Hyderabad can use to help increase online access. The government of Hyderabad can encourage more hotspots to be setup around coffee shops, libraries, and local information technology companies. This will provide more wireless internet access to Hyderabad’s citizens and allow more users to be on the internet. Case 2
1. Use the links in the Web Links for this case, your favorite search engine, and resources in your library to learn more about Android and Apple as program delivery system for smart phones. Prepare a 300 word executive...
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