Wireless partnership

Researchers in Canada and India will soon be working together to bring broadband wireless technologies to rural and remote areas.

The Government of Canada, through its Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), has signed an agreement with the Indian Government’s Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) to collaborate on the development of new wireless technologies that will bring broadband wireless technologies to rural and remote areas.

Much like in Canada, the Government of India has placed a significant emphasis on improving infrastructure for rural and remote areas. However, the cost of establishing current infrastructure technologies, such as laying fibre optic cables to rural areas, can often be prohibitive.

Both CRC and C-DOT will be looking at the potential uses of a new technology developed in Canada called a Microwave-Light Organized Network, or Milton.

This technology, created by CRC researchers, is a low cost wireless “last mile access solution”. It takes broadband Internet from a central fibre optic cable and distributes it wirelessly through an antenna network over an area of several kilometres.

The Milton network, characterized as “cognitive”, has the capability to sense the radio environment for interference and identify poor quality radio links. Having sensed the environment, it changes its own signal transmission characteristics in a manner that improves poorly performing links and mitigates interference.

Designed to be a low cost commodity wireless radio network, it uses the license-exempt bands that operate at 5 Gigahertz – bands that have been identified for world-wide use by the World Radio Congress of 2003.

Researchers from C-DOT will be evaluating this new Canadian technology and will be working to adapt the Milton system for use in India.