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Bhutan and Sri Lanka Surpass India in Broadband Penetration

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Published on : Apr 17, 2015

Bhutan and Sri Lanka has surpassed India in terms of broadband penetration, stated TRAI, the Indian telecom regulator. In the recommendations, the telecom regulatory authority of India stated that India stood at 125th position across the globe for fixed broadband penetration. Sri Lanka and Bhutan are ahead of India, so they require thinking about it seriously.

In the wireless and mobile broadband market segment, India is positioned at 113th place having a penetration of 3.2 per cent. To encourage the usage of fixed-line broadband, the telecom regulatory authority of India has set out a proposal that the license charge on the revenues generated from fixed line should be exempted for five years.
 
The telecom regulatory authority of India has also stated the multi-layered structure involved in the decision making for the telecom sector needs to be overhauled. WPC (Wireless Planning Commission) should be converted into an independent authority by delinking it from the DoT (department of telecommunications) and can be transformed into a statutory body that reports to Parliament or any other existing statutory body, the telecom regulatory authority of India stated the highlighting the need to refurbish of government bodies. WPC is the guardian of spectrum at the department of telecommunications.
 
The multi-layered structure for decision making, for NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network), is not fitting and the structure requires immediate renovation. NOFN project is focused towards spreading broadband across 2,50,000 village panchayats by the end of the year 2016. However, it has failed to spot its target of implementing broadband connections launched in first 50,000 panchayats by the end of March 2015.

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