The story of an engineer who saved the life of his colleague in an emergency, and then went on to lead a community of engineers and scientists to a breakthrough in wireless communication.
Dr P.K. Singh, who worked for a private company called Tata Telecommunication, was on a project to provide wireless internet access to the city of Bengaluru.
When he came across the problem, he took it upon himself to find solutions.
The city had a population of nearly 50 lakh.
The city was in need of wireless connectivity to connect the citizens with the internet.
He found that the existing infrastructure was outdated and that the cost of upgrading the internet to the speed of 5G was prohibitive.
Singh thought of a new solution.
He said, “I wanted to create a network with wireless capabilities to reach every citizen in the city.
We were talking about a 50,000 square metre (sqm) network.
I had to build a new tower, and we had to get the building ready in less than one month.
We started with the best of the best in the country, and built a network of more than 40 towers.
We had to design our own infrastructure, but the technology was there.
In the end, we were able to reach all of the city and create an internet connection for everyone.”
After the completion of the network, he found out that it would cost $20 million to build, and that it was not possible for anyone to replicate the experience.
His efforts paid off when, during an emergency situation, his colleagues were able call him.
“It was only natural for me to reach them,” he said.
He explained, “We were talking at length, we wanted to discuss how to improve our network.
The call was cut off by the emergency services.
My colleagues and I had been working on the network for about two weeks, and were ready to start our work.
We went into the emergency room and were told that we had just started to implement our plan.
We immediately started working on it, and it took about two months to complete the network.”
The results of the experiment were impressive.
It was the first wireless internet network in India.
Singh and his colleagues said, the network is the most efficient and reliable in the world.
It is also one of the most cost-effective in the industry.
Singhan said, it was a huge surprise.
“I felt a sense of relief and happiness as I went to my colleagues to thank them for all their hard work.
It gave me a sense that I am not alone in the field.
People are trying their best to come up with innovative ideas.
And I am doing the same.”
He continued, “There is a large population of people in India who have never had access to internet.
We need to connect them, and help them get internet access.”