Wednesday, July 29, 2009

India: The regulator has suggested 2Mbps as the minimum speed for fixed broadband to replace 256kbps

[sify] TRAI now wants 2mbps as minimum broadband speeds!

There is good news for every internet user in the country. TRAI has finally heard our cries.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has now recommended that the government should make it mandatory for broadband speeds to be at least 2 mbps.

This means that any broadband service offered to customers in the market would have to be 2mbps more.

Currently, the definition of broadband as per the Indian government’s ruling is 256kbps and above.

This means that an ISP can offer packages of 256kbps labelled as broadband. This was made a requirement a couple of years ago. Times have changed and the ruling has to be updated.

TRAI said that other countries are already touching speeds of 20mbps and more. India has to catch-up to stay competition at a global level.

An industry representative was not happy with these developments. He said: “We do not think it is feasible to move from 256 kbps to 2Mbps in one shot. If at all the definition has to be revised then they should move to 512kbps, otherwise it will be too costly for both operators and subscribers.”

TRAI’s move is however supported by the Wimax industry.

We really hope that something happens in this direction. We are internet users in this country are tired of pricey connections which are sold in the name of broadband.

2mbps unlimited (real unlimited) without fair usage policies should be offered at affordable prices.

TRAI now wants 2mbps as minimum broadband speeds!

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