Could Digitized Cables Ease India’s Broadband Woes?
Unlocking the potential of vast cable assets could give the country’s broadband ambitions some wired teeth and not just wireless wings
Industry watchers will readily vouch for the fact that India’s broadband numbers have miserably fallen short of the targets set by Broadband Policy of million subscribers by 2010, the country had achieved less than 11 million. That !
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