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As data us­age ex­plodes fur­ther, mo­bile net­works may face lim­i­ta­tions posed by fi­nite spec­trum re­sources, but wired media could pack in lit­er­ally lim­it­less ca­pac­i­ties.

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If one were to pin­point a seg­ment the po­ten­tial of which has largely re­mained un­der-re­al­ized, it would easily be wire­line broad­band. Its state in In­dia could at best be de­scribed as dis­mal, with lit­tle near-term ef­forts to­wards its growth be­ing in sight. Ar­guably, wire­line broad­band has lit­er­ally been aban­doned by tele­com ser­vice providers, who have in­stead made a bee­line for the lower hang­ing mo­bile broad­band fruits.

Global sta­tis­tics show that there is a strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween coun­tries’ GDPs and their wire­line broad­band sub­scriber den­si­ties—coun­tries with high GDPs also have higher wire­line pen­e­tra­tion as com­pared to those with lower GDPs. (In­ter­est­ingly, the same is not true of mo­bile broad­band. So coun­tries that have high mo­bile broad­band pen­e­tra­tions but are low on the wire­line broad­band scales tend to still have rel­a­tively lower GDPs.)

For ex­am­ple, a Broad­band Com­mis­sion re­port showed that as of 2014, de­vel­oped coun­tries like France, Ger­many, UK, USA, Ja­pan, South Korea and Aus­tralia had wire­line broad­band pen­e­tra­tion rang­ing from 25 per­cent to 40 per­cent. On the other hand, In­dia had a pen­e­tra­tion of just 1.2 per­cent while China was rel­a­tively much higher at 13.6 per­cent. More­over, broad­band in many of the de­vel­oped coun­tries is de­fined as a con­nec­tion with down­load speed in at least mul­ti­ples of Mbps whereas in In­dia it still is lag­ging at 512 kbps.

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