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India to unveil national broadband plan
20 January 2011
India is planning a carrier-neutral national broadband network designed to connect 160m homes in three years
national broadband network
national broadband plan
India’s telecom minister will unveil a blueprint
for the country’s National Broadband Plan by the
end of March. Kapil Sibal, the minister for communications and
information technology, has said that the plan is to connect
160 million households with high-speed internet connections by
Sibal has consulted industry representatives to finalise the
framework for the NBP and develop a strategy to roll out
optical fibre. According to the plan, the fibre network will be
treated as a national resource and will be equally available to
operators for providing broadband services.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended the
NBP should be funded through a universal service obligation
fund and loans from the government.
The minister met key stakeholders including the regulator,
industry representatives and mobile, internet and cable
providers as well as Rail-Tel and the Power Grid Corporation.