Minimum internet speed in India may rise by 4 times. Here's what the government could be planning.
When it comes to the internet, a major part of India is still mired in no or minimal connectivity. While urban areas are still doing decently in terms of web speeds, large parts of rural India still does not have the internet. While the provision of the internet is a big issue, the other major problem is the internet speeds that we receive. While telecom operators in India are doing their best in this area, the resultant is still not enough when compared to global standards. This is even more interesting since, after the launch of Reliance Jio, most telecom service providers have been trying to lay out faster networks across the country. While Reliance Jio has a fully 4G VoLTE network in India, most other incumbents have a 2G and 3G connection as well. In fact, they have not been highly forthcoming with having a higher threshold in terms of web speeds.
Telecom regulator Trai, in June 2017, had released a ‘Consultation Paper on Data Speed Under Wireless Broadband Plans’, which said that companies are concerned about taking such steps due to reasons like less availability of spectrum for each operator in 2G/3G bands, external factors like a users phone quality, peak hours, bandwidth of transmission, zones with low coverage, website, and more. TRAI had also noted that advertised speed by network provers from what the users experience. While there may be several reasons for slow connectivity in many places in India, the good news is that the government has reportedly decided to increase the minimum-mandated internet speed.
The government has decided to provide a boost to the minimum internet speed in India, which will grow from 512kbps to 2mbps, a report in The Times of India said. The jump in the minimum speed is almost 4 times. The report cited telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan as saying that the government has done a lot for providing internet access, there has been a lack of the quality of those services.
With India ready to become a digital economy, it is expected that there is a large portion of the population will start using data even more now. This means telecom service providers will have the pressure of providing adequate internet speeds.