Broadband connectivity (or should we say ‘availability’) has been reasonably good in Indian metros over the last 5 years. I do hear often from friends who are unable to get broadband connection from telcos like Airtel because of ‘non availability of ports’ in their locality. I do hope wireless broadband (BWA) does become a reality this year in India, that will ensure the availability of broadband for every home.
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?…
It is encouraging to learn from a research carried out by IMRB/I-Cube that the userbase in Rural India is increasing. The report doesn’t talk about how the rural India connects to the net but my guess is most of them in rural India access the internet using BSNL broadband. I recall reading a while ago about BSNL coming up with a special broadband pricing plan for their rural users. I can’t find that article but this one talks about BSNL’s aggressive broadband plans for rural India.