Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Govt plans to set minimum broadband speed to 2 Mbps from existing 512 kbps.

Government is planning to set minimum broadband speed to 2 Mbps from existing 512 kbps.

According to TimesOfIndiaTelecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the government was mindful of slow internet speed experienced by internet users in many parts of the country.

Internet speeds are nowhere close to the numbers promised by companies in 3G and 4G data packs and advertisements.

 And, the issue is critical as India prepares for rollout of 5G services as well as a host of other applications focused around internet-of-things (IoT). "We are very slow. While we have done a lot on (providing internet) access, we have not been able to actually deliver the quality of service that is required," Sundararajan told TOI here.

The telecom secretary said India required faster speed in the wake of gradual transformation of the country to a digital economy. These include initiatives such as smart cities, digital India programmes, efforts on digital payments, and 5G.

Asked whether 2 mbps - which is also being pushed forward by regulator Trai - will be sufficient for digital transformation, she said, "2 mbps is the basic minimum. We should definitely mandate this. If at all, it should be higher than that. It cannot be lower than that."

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