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Case Code : ITSY032 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 500;
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Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 1982 - 2004
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Midas Communication Technologies
Industry : Telecom
Countries : India


The case deals with CorDECT, a revolutionary telecommunications (telecom) technology developed in India that won international acclaim. This wireless access network technology was not only cheap, it was also the world’s only telecom technology that could be used for both voice and data transmission simultaneously. The case traces the Indian telecom industry’s evolution over the decades in India and explores the reasons for the low telecom penetration in the country’s rural areas. It then points out how the CorDECT technology came as an answer to this problem and lists its benefits over other access technologies.

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Thereafter, it highlights the regulatory and competition-related problems faced by the technology’s promoters while commercializing it. This is followed by information about India and various other countries deploying CorDECT, and the benefits they reaped as a result. The case ends with a discussion on the future of CorDECT and the scope for further enhancements to the technology.


Study the evolution of the Indian telecom industry and understand the reasons for the low penetration of telephones in the rural areas.

Get an idea of various access technologies used for proving telecom services and their respective advantages and disadvantages.


  Page No.
India's Own Telecom Technology Breakthrough 1
Background Note - The Indian Telecom Industry 2
The Need for a New Technology 4
The TeNet Group & CorDECT 4
The Technology 5
Facing Various Setbacks 7
Things Begin to Look Up 9
Implementation Becomes a Reality 9
Answering the Future's Call 11
Exhibits 10


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