The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is expected to shortly come out with its recommendations on redefining the minimum broadband speed to 2 mbps from the current level of 512 kbps.
The department of telecommunications (DoT) had in July 2014 notified the minimum broadband speed by changing the new definition of broadband, by raising the broadband speed to 512 kbps from the earlier 256 kbps. Initially in July 2009, Trai had recommended that DoT should make it mandatory for broadband speed to be 2 mbps.
Sources said Trai is also giving final touches to its recommendations on right of way (RoW) for telecom service providers which will help in laying the optic fibre for wireline services like broadband and FTTH services connecting every home with the optic fibre network, which would eventually minimise reliance on deficient spectrum, largely used for mobile services.
“The penetration of optical fibre in last-mile connectivity —that is the consumer — is very poor and so we are largely dependent on wireless services. We want the central government to work out norms where RoW is offered at a reasonable cost to telecom companies and state governments and civic bodies do not create hurdles in developing the optic fibre network,” the official explained.
India has one of the lowest networks of optic fibre when compared to China or even Brazil. Trai feels that the NoFN (National Optical Fibre Network) project that will link 2.5 lakh villages with broadband services and create an additional 10 lakh km of additional optic fibre network will still be too little for a huge country like India, with a 125-crore population, to offer quality telecom services.