DELHI: With the launch of the GSAT-8 satellite last year,
24 Ku-band transponders had become available for communication
and broadcasting services and could take up to 1000 TV channels,
said Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil
at a function where the NDTV Good Times Gadget Guru awards
were presented, Sibal said the second series of Aakash tablet,
Aakash 2, will be rolled out next month and will be priced
at a mere Rs 2,276.
He said the Government had been encouraged at the response
to the first series and the second series was far superior.
He said the aim would be to make this available to anyone
and not just students and universities.
Meanwhile, he announced that a total of 419 universities all
over the country were being linked by a National Knowledge
Network and this would help overcome the shortage of trained
teachers as a student from one university could take the help
of a professor in another university.
He said the National Fibre Optic network was expected to be
ready in the next 18 months to two years.