Side­lined by Wire­less

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Wire­less.and.wire­line.broad­band.should. play.‘co­op­er­a­tive’.games.rather.than. ‘com­pet­i­tive’.in.pro­vid­ing.broad­band.in. the.coun­try..

The In­dian broad­band sce­nario ap­pears to be get­ting more and more dreary with ev­ery pass­ing year con­sid­er­ing its vast po­ten­tial. Though it is grow­ing at a sub­stan­tial rate in met­ros and tier-1 cities, the other cities and ru­ral ar­eas have so far been deprived of the suc­cess story. In to­tal, the coun­try has not even reached a broad­band sub­scriber base of 15 mn by end of March 2012 from a po­ten­tial bil­lion plus user base. With a mar­ket of 1.2 bn pop­u­la­tion, more than 200 ac­tive broad­band ser­vice providers, around 15 tele­com op­er­a­tors, and with a tar­get of reach­ing 175 mn by 2017, the coun­try is not mov­ing at the re­quired pace. That was ev­i­dent in the last fis­cal too. In­dia has con­sis­tently been miss­ing the bus with­out fail.

Mar­ket Dy­nam­ics

It has been es­ti­mated that in­ter­net pro­lif­er­a­tion can help In­dia in­crease its GDP to 5 to 10%, but the irony is that the coun­try stands at 14th po­si­tion in a re­cent AT Kear­ney’s broad­band readi­ness in­dex for Asia Pa­cific. The broad­band in­fra­struc­ture ex­pan­sion ac­tions of the op­er­a­tors have not been so en­thu­si­as­tic in the past and last year too did not give any amus­ing in­di­ca­tions.

The 4 tech­nolo­gies used by ISPs to de­liver broad­band in In­dia are DSL, fiber (FTTH, FTTC, VDSL), cable, etc. The newer seg­ments such as fiber have started pick­ing up. Last year, Beam fiber launched 10 Mbps speed on fiber in Hy­der­abad and Act Broad­band has launched with 5 Mbps speed in Ben­galuru. The de­mand that they are wit­ness­ing shows pos­i­tive signs for fiber growth in In­dia. BSNL has started

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