In 2010 Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries (RIL) had promised India a wireless broadband revolution. India expected to see the launch of 4G by 2012 but as expected all such big projects do get delayed. India expected to see its internet inflection point by 2014 (what is inflection point).
India has 137 million and US 244 million internet users. The internet penetration of the two countries are far apart – India 11%, US 78%. The size of internet economy of India and US would be poles apart.
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).
Lot of things happened in India in the telecom sector – 2G scam, MNP (Mobile Number Portability), rise in smart phone usage, profits of telecom companies shrinking. For details see “Spectrum of troubles in 2011 for telecom industry“. The main table from the article has been captured here.
The latest report from IMRB “Digital Divide to Digital Dividend” is about the increased broadband penetration in rural India. While many question terming 256K as “broadband”, I personally am comfortable calling 256K as broadband internet in India. We can’t compare ourselves with the western world where home users have 6MB of mouth watering bandwidth at home. India is India.
I liked the statement in the report, Read more on Rural Internet usage on rise in India, will this help language usage?…