New Delhi: Government set out plans to provide universal access to high-speed broadband for every household in India ensuring it is a four-fold increase from 512 kbps (kilobits per second) to 2 mbps (megabits per second).
Countries like the US and South Korea still have high-speed broadband while India ranks below Bhutan and Sri Lanka in terms of broadband access.
India can’t be seen as a relative ‘superpower’ when it comes to the IT industry but ‘super poor’ in connecting all its citizens.
“I propose to take up the matter with the communications ministry,” IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Times of India.
“We will consider laying down a policy for increasing the minimum broadband speed from the current levels,” he added.
The thriving start-up eco-system across India and delivery of a variety of consumer services through mobile phone apps, including online retail, taxis and social media, are among the reasons that have led to the push for upgrading the minimum internet speed on wire and wireless networks.
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