New Delhi. The Central government has begun the process that will bring fast broadband connectivity to each and every corner of India, something that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can in future claim as a victory in his Digital India. It is currently mandatory for Internet Service Providers to provide minimum speed of 512Kbps but the process of increasing the mandated internet speeds for mobile and broadband to 2Mbps is declared.

India tops a list of 23 major internet-using countries as the nation where most people not accepted having a life without the world wide web. The government’s move is in line with its digital India vision that includes initiatives such as smart cities, digital India programmes, digital payments and 5G services. According to the report, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan affirmed,  the government was aware of slow internet speed experienced by internet users in many parts of the country.

“We are very slow. While we have done a lot on providing internet access, we have not been able to actually deliver the quality of service that is required,” Sundararajan told. Sundararajan added, “2 mbps is the basic minimum. We should definitely mandate this. If at all, it should be higher than that. It cannot be lower than that.”

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) also said, “For instance, crowd-sourced data from Trai’s mySpeed portal shows that quite a few 3G subscribers throughout the country receive a download speed of less than 1 Mbps. Moreover, these ‘below 1 Mbps’ speed can go as low as 10 Kbp for some 3G subscribers.” TRAI has also been pushing for the increase in the minimum internet speed as several telecom companies are rolling out faster 4G services.

Even though the use of 4G gained pace after the launch of services by Reliance Industries owned Jio in September last year, other telecom companies have been averse to the idea of having higher internet speed for various reasons. India is well on its way to making internet connectivity a fundamental right for its residents, with calls for the whole country to follow suit.

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