Telecom sector regulator Trai has notified that the minimum broadband speed has been raised to 512Kbps from the earlier 256Kbps.
amendment has been made to the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal
Regulations, 2012 and the regulations will be called the Telecom
Consumers Complaint Redressal (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2014, the
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a notification.
the new definition of broadband is "a data connection that is able to
support interactive services including internet access and has the
capability of minimum download speed of 512 kbps to an individual
subscriber from the point of presence (POP) of the service provider
intending to provide broadband service".
The regulations will come into force after publication in the official gazette, it added.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had revised the broadband speed
in consonance of the National Telecom Policy 2012 and Trai
recommendations, the regulator said.
The earlier minimum broadband speed of 256Kbps was as per the Broadband Policy 2004.
to National Telecom Policy 2012, the government aims to raise the
broadband download speed of to 512Kbps from 256Kbps and subsequently to
2Mbps by 2015.
According to Trai data, total broadband subscribers
in the country rose by 5.82 percent to 65.33 million at the end of May
2014 from 61.74 million at the end of April 2014.
broadband subscribers stood at 14.95 million as of May this year, mobile
device users (phones and dongles) were 49.97 million and the fixed
wireless (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to-Point, Radio and VSAT) subscribers
stood at 0.41 million for the same period.