The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today issued its Recommendations on “Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?”.
The Authority issued the Consultation Paper on “Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?” on 24.09.2014 to discuss issues contributing to broadband penetration in India and to solicit stakeholders’ views on action required to be taken both by the Government and the private sector to accelerate the proliferation and use of broadband in the country. The comments and counter-comments received from the stakeholders were placed on the TRAI’s website. An Open House Discussion was held on 30.10.2014 in New Delhi with the stakeholders.
The Authority has noted with serious concern the slow penetration and adoption of broadband in the country. Facts are:
Some of the problems identified during the consultation are as follows:
After considering the comments from the stakeholders and further analysis, the Authority has come out with its Recommendations on “Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?”. The salient features of the recommendations are as follows:
Right of Way (RoW)
Fixed line BB
Hosting of Content in India
In addition, there are a large number of recommendations of the Authority on which decisions of the Government are still awaited. The Government needs to act quickly on these recommendations as we have already lost too much time. These include, inter alia, on Spectrum Trading, Spectrum Sharing, Open Sky Policy, Infrastructure Sharing, Microwave Access and Backbone Spectrum.
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