Indian Govt Hints 2Mbps as Minimum Broadband Speed

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    Indian Government is finally taking a big decision to make 2 Mbps as the minimum broadband speed. It’s definitely a big news in realizing Digital India. The four-fold increase in the minimum speed of broadband will definitely increase India’s competitiveness in all the sectors.

    Four-Fold Jump:

    During the earlier revision in August 2014, the minimum internet speed was increased from 256 kbps to 512 kbps. This big jump will definitely encourage broadband outreach programme ‘BharatNet’ to connect as many as 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through optic fibre cable network.

    As per the report revealed, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be taking up the matter with the communications ministry. It is to be noted that South Korea with 29 Mbps broadband speed has the fastest average connection speed on the globe and is followed by Norway at 21.3 Mbps. We are very far behind at 2.8 Mbps while the global average speed is 6.3 Mbps.

    Law of Physics to Set Benchmark:

    Along with the high-speed wireless internet, wireline broadband will definitely ensure inclusive growth across urban and rural areas alike. Even TRAI has recommended a better broadband speed from the current level to the wireline customers as it stimulates productivity and delivery of customer-centric services.

    With 4G spectrum, there is an ongoing war with respect to speed and price. However, the situation is quite opposite in wireline broadband scenario. Hope the state-run telecom companies BSNL and MTNL will take a lead by improving their service without a price hike. Similarly, the private telecom operators should not exploit and throttle speed to maximize profit.

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