Tuesday, October 18, 2005

What ails Indian broadband.

I should have known that only The Hindu could come up with a well-balanced, well-thought and well-written piece.
...The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which envisaged a liberal policy framework for broadband, has rightly called for concerted efforts by service providers to achieve the original goal of 1.5 million connections each in the private and public sectors by December. Given the relatively slow pace of growth, it would seem the opportunity to create a competitive and subscriber-friendly regime was lost simply because the Government was disinclined to share the BSNL and MTNL telephone networks with the private sector for service provision.
... It is unlikely this situation will change dramatically if the "rationing" mindset that limits data downloads is not replaced by a more progressive outlook ; the Confederation of Indian Industry had, in its submission to policymakers, envisaged affordable access of 1.5 megabit speed and unlimited downloads for home users to boost broadband penetration. Besides lifting of data download restrictions, initiatives to provide free wireless Internet in educational institutions, public libraries, and government offices may be necessary for wider and more equitable access.


Blogger kelly said...

South Korea is the most connected country in the world. That is because thy had no existing phone system to get in the way except in the major metropolitan areas. When it comes to Internet and broadband, it is far more expensive in money and effort to upgrade than to start from scratch.


10:23 PM  
Blogger Ruchit Garg said...

Great post eskay.

Got know about your blog from ContenSutra.

Ruchit Garg

11:41 AM  
Blogger eskay said...

Thanks, Ruchit. Have been tracking this issue ever since the Minister made an announcement about "announcing the broadband policy next week" and then took a month to do so!

5:22 PM  

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