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“Broadband For All” in India at a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps

Just today my friend flashed me the press release from Govt of India “National Telecom Policy-2012 and Unified Licensing Regime“. We have been hearing and reading about the “National Telecom Policy” for a while now. While the entire nation has been accusing the Govt of India for not functioning the Union Cabinet today approved the National Telecom Policy -2012 (NTP – 2012).

Can the govt deliver broadband to ALL?

The thrust areas of NTP – 2012 are;

A little surprised to see “cloud computing” in the list. Good to see the long term view the government has. Of this I really care only about the broadband implementation. The goal is to grow the broadband user base from the current 13.79 million connections to 175 million users by 2017 and 600 million by 2020.

Medianama says,

To reach the 160 million target by 2017, India will have to add 2.44 million broadband subscribers each month and roughly 7.33 million broadband subscribers every month to reach 600 million subscribers target by 2020, after achieving its target to reach 160 million.

Have heard enough from our Ministers about the National Broadband plan, time for the actual implementation. It would be worth while to have a Minister for Internet in India.