A state's growth trajectory can be decided by the spread of its excellent communication and network facilities. While the construction of roads, railways and bridges is one aspect of this developmental model, another very vital counterpart to this model is the state's telecommunication prospects, which connect the state inter-regionally as well as intra-regionally. In Haryana, this aspect of enhanced telecommunication network is all the more crucial, as the state is on its way to progress in a new light. It is here that we must ask are telecommunication facilities equitably spread in all parts of the state? Do all people across all classes in society have access to the vast telecommunication network in Haryana?
Although public undertaking companies like Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and private companies like Airtel, Idea, Vodafone Essar, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Telecom and Uninor have a visible presence in Haryana, this is the first state in the country to have its own State-Wide Area Network (SWAN).
However, let us introspect further how equitably distributed are the telecommunication services across all regions of Haryana, in spite of the implementation of SWAN? We must acknowledge here, that the geographic locales in Haryana present a vast contrast in terms of economic sectors and infrastructural amenities. While vast stretches of Haryana are primarily rich in agricultural production, other areas are rich in a strong industrial base. Now, because of improper and insufficient amenities present in the rural areas, many villages have yet not benefitted from the high quality telecommunication facilities in the state. In other words, large parts of the state are still not connected with the rest of the state through either wired or wireless connectivity thus landlines or mobile phone services are still a dream for a large section of Haryana s population, who cannot afford the other basic necessities of life, like safe drinking water, food, shelter, employment, among others. Again, the awareness of the correct uses of telecommunication technology must be made to each citizen, such that the importance of this resource can be emphasised to the population of Haryana. The Haryana Government must ensure that for telecommunication facilities to reach all sections of the population, along a varied cross-section of the society, the development of the technologies must be holistic without ensuring the basic necessities of life, Haryana's telecommunication revolution will not percolate to every citizen of the state.
Corporate collaboration with the state administration must also be renewed, such that the newest technologies of excellence can be implied to enhance the quality of services enjoyed in telecommunications. The system must be made transparent with a centralised web system, so that people can communicate with the department regarding its various problems and their solutions. This way alone, a user-friendly telecommunication facility can be helped to be built in Haryana.
On a final note, it seems important to conclude with the words of Michael Oxley who said, that since we are in the age of e-commerce, telecommunications takes a pivotal role in our lives. In Haryana, since a new growth and development trajectory is the call of the hour, it is essential that introducing improved telecommunication facilities should become the primary focus of the government.