TRAI to increase minimum broadband speed to 2mbps by 2015

According to 2004 Broadband Policy, the minimum broadband speed was 256kbps.

Tired of slow broadband speeds? Not anymore, as Telecom sector regulator TRAI has fixed the minimum broadband speed from 256 kbps to 512kbps. The government aims to raise the broadband download speed to 2 Mbps by 2015.

An amendment has been made to the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal Regulations of 2012. The new regulation will be called ‘Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal’ Regulations, 2014. As per the 2004 Broadband Policy, the minimum broadband speed was 256kbps.

According to the new amendment, the definition of broadband is stated as “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”.

TRAI will also fix the minimum download speed for wireless data services such as 3G. At present, there is no binding regulation on telecom operators to deliver wireless service at a particular minimum speed.

3G operators promise mobile Internet speed in the range of 7.1mbps to 21 mbps. However, the minimum speed reported by operators to TRAI lies in the range of 399 kbps to 2.48 mbps. The regulator has found that the minimum speed delivered by the operators doesn’t even qualify to be called broadband.

A recent study shows that India has the lowest average Internet speed in the Asia-Pacific region. The average peak connection speed in India was 10.9 megabits per second. Meanwhile, the total broadband subscribers in the country rose by 5.82% to 65.33 million at the end of May 2014 from 61.74 million at the end of April 2014.

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