TRAI has released its recommendations to enhance broadband connectivity. TRAI revised the minimum broadband speed to 2 Mbps, up from 512 Kbps which was the minimum speed until now, an upgrade from the 256 Kbps and 56 Kbps in the previous years.
- TRAI has increased minimum broadband speed to 2 Mbps, up from 256 Kbps and 56 Kbps in the past.
- TRAI has suggested a pilot Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) programme to encourage users in rural areas to adopt broadband connections.
- TRAI further suggested incentives such as license fee exemption for companies providing internet connectivity to promote and increase fixed-line connection speed.
- TRAI suggested that fixed broadband connections should be classified into three different categories — ‘Basic Broadband’ for connections with download speeds between 2–50Mbps, ‘Fast Broadband’ with 50–300Mbps, and ‘Super-Fast Broadband’ with download speeds of above 300Mbps.
- The government should consider reimbursing 50 per cent of the monthly broadband fee given that one subscriber is paying a maximum of Rs 200 per month.
TRAI noted that the current broadband penetration in India is at about 55 per cent, while that in China at 95 per cent, and that of European nations is between 95 and 115 per cent. The fixed broadband penetration in India is at 1.69 per hundred inhabitants, compared with 44.6 in France, 42.8 in Korea, and 42.7 in Germany.