India’s dismal broadband penetration

September 28, 2014

TraiThe telecom regulator has rued India’s dismal broadband penetration and questioned the telecom department’s decision to only involve state-owned companies to implement the Rs 21,000-crore national optic fibre network (NOFN) project, which is already running three years behind schedule.

In a consultation paper, titled ‘Delivering Broadband Quickly’ unveiled Wednesday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has also invited industry feedback on a relevant “timeframe for auctioning spectrum in the 700 MHz band,” to offer the most efficient airwaves to telcos for boosting India’s poor broadband penetration.

It has also invited suggestions on awarding engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contracts to private telecom operators through the international competitive bidding route to speed up NOFN, which will be the core broadband backbone for delivering high-speed internet and government services to the common man under the Centre’s Rs 1.13 lakh-crore Digital India drive.

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