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

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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 !

Yes, that was just be­fore the 3G - " # $ $ $ % " & $ Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (TRAI), ' * $ - scribers at the end of CY 2014, of which * $ & # %* $ " %* $ $ % $ % +

In other words, the broad­band tar­gets # # /5 5 " " In­deed, mo­bile broad­band is good but not enough.

Mo­bile broad­band is a means, not an end

6 $ are good enough for ac­cess­ing a num­ber $ $ $$ 7 $$ " # - 89 & # : # " " $ through a larger screen.

True, the fact re­mains that the broad­band ac­cess goals could not be re­al­ized " $ 89 and the wire­line—so low has been the in 89 of the wire­line in In­dia. (Low PC lit­er­acy # " - # # " ;

<" $ $ $ /5 be highly ef­fec­tive. Not only the cost # $ $ $ $ & # $ " $ shows to the av­er­age In­dian user has = $ > $ : +8/ The su­pe­ri­or­ity of our broad­band in­ter­net ser­vices is pri­mar­ily be­cause of the tech­nol­ogy we use and the qual­ity of ser­vice we pro­vide. We use “fiber to the home tech­nol­ogy” us­ing var­i­ous mix of layer 2 and layer 3 data-com tech­nolo­gies for de­liv­er­ing the broad­band ser­vices to the end cus­tomer. With ex­pe­ri­ence of s ev­eral years be­hind us, we have de­vel­oped im­mense ex­per­tise in de­liv­er­ing th­ese ser­vices to the end cus­tomer. We con­sider LTE tech­nol­ogy as a com­ple­men­tary ser­vice which pro­vides data op­tion only for con­ve­nience of mo­bil­ity. Ir­re­spec­tive of LTE-Ad­vanced or dense LTE Small Cells, the LTE based ser­vice will never be able to match the prod­ucts that ACT Fiber­net is of­fer­ing to­day. LTE-Ad­vanced with its Car­rier Ag­gre­ga­tion fea­ture will still be un­able to eco­nom­i­cally pro­vide ded­i­cated 50Mbps or 100Mbps speeds at peak times. LTE uses shared spec­trum and hence ser­vice providers will not be able to pro­vide 1:1 con­tention ra­tio. ACT Fiber­net al­ways pro­vides 1:1 con­tention for all cus­tomers at all times. Ca­ble Op­er­a­tors are ven­tur­ing with DOCSIS 3.0 based broad­band ser­vices. DOCSIS 3.0 comes with its own tech­no­log­i­cal lim­i­ta­tion. More than 50 Mbps per sub­scriber will not be pos­si­ble, and the medium is shared with a high con­tention ra­tio. We feel that there is am­ple op­por­tu­nity for all op­er­a­tors, be it MSOs or Telcos in this space, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that the In­dian data mar­ket con­tin­ues to be se­verely un­der-pen­e­trated.

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