New Delhi (ABC Live): Broadband Internet Services : As per the Broadband Policy of 2004, broadband was initially defined as “An ‘always-on’ data connection that is able to support interactive services including Internet access and has the capability of the minimum download speed of 256 kilo bits per second (kbps) to an individual subscriber from the Point of Presence (POP) of the service
provider intending to provide broadband service where multiple such individual broadband connections are aggregated and the subscriber is able to access these interactive services including the Internet through this POP.
The interactive Broadband Internet Services will exclude any services for which a separate license is specifically required, for example, real-time voice transmission, except to the extent that it is presently permitted under ISP license with Internet Telephony”.
The Authority vide its recommendations dated 08.12.2010 on ‘National Broadband Plan’ inter-alia recommended that Broadband connection may be defined as
“A data connection using any technology that is able to support interactive services including Internet access and support a minimum download speed of 512 Kilo bits per second (kbps)”.
It is to be noted that the upload speed will atleast be half the download speed. This definition of broadband (both Wire-line and Wireless), will be effective from 1st January 2011.The stipulated download speed of 2 Mbps will be effective from 1st January 2015.” 1.4 It is pertinent to mention that the National Telecom Policy of 2012
(NTP-2012) has the vision of Broadband on Demand and envisages leveraging telecom infrastructure to enable all citizens and businesses, both in rural and urban areas, to participate in the Internet and web economy thereby ensuring equitable and inclusive development across the nation. It provides the enabling framework for enhancing India’s competitiveness in all spheres of the economy. Target and strategies as envisaged in NTP-2012 are as follows:
“ Provide affordable and reliable broadband-on-demand by the year 2015 and to achieve 175 million broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum 2 Mbps download speed and making available higher speeds of at least 100 Mbps on demand.
Provide high speed and high quality broadband access to all village panchayats through a combination of technologies by the year 2014 and progressively to all villages and habitations by 2020.”
Further, Point 1.5 of part IV strategies contained in the National Telecom Policy-2012 states that:“To revise the existing broadband download speed of 256 Kbps to 512 Kbps and subsequently to 2 Mbps by 2015 and higher speeds of at least 100 Mbps thereafter.”