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Thu 23rd of November 2017


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C-DOT’s ‘Public Data Office’ (PDO) technology

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) has developed a ‘public data office’ (PDO) technology solution to deliver low-cost Wi-Fi solutions.

  • The mass PDO solution is priced at Rs 50,000.
  • The concept of PDO will enable vendors to sell low-cost Wi-Fi-based broadband services anywhere.
  • The vendor will get a tech solution pack including both software and hardware elements. It will include a Wi-Fi access point with e-KYC, one-time password authentication and a mechanism to manage service vouchers. A billing system will also accompany the package.
  • The service will be available over a license-free ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band.
  • For commercial production of the device, C-DoT plans to transfer the technology to nearly 20 manufacturing partners including Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and Himachal Futuristic Communications (HFCL).
  • According to C-DoT, in semi-urban or rural areas, the technology will be available in 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHZ bands, which do not require any regulation for access.


  • The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is an Indian Government owned telecommunications technology development centre.
  • It was established in 1984 with initial mandate of designing and developing digital exchanges.
  • Sam Pitroda started the C-DOT as an autonomous telecom R&D organisation.
  • C-DOT has expanded to develop intelligent computer software applications. It is one of the 2 Indian Government organisations which have been appraised at Maturity Level 5 of CMMI-DEV v1.3, other being Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) Software Technology Centre.

Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.


(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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