NEW DELHI - The
government Thursday announced a new broadband policy and
as expected has not accepted the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India's (TRAI's) proposal for unbundling
the last mile link.
The policy allows state-run
telecom companies Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL)
and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to enter into a
commercial arrangement with all the service providers on
mutually accepted terms and conditions.
"Recognizing that last mile copperloop is not a
bottleneck facility for broadband services, access
providers shall be free to enter into mutually agreed
commercial arrangements for utilization of available
copperloop for extension of broadband services including
content," Telecom Minister Dayanadhi Maran said.
He said state-owned MTNL and BSNL, along with
other owners of copperloop, are expected to provide
about two million connections by the end of 2005.
Broadband has been defined as an always-on data
connection supporting interactive services including
Internet access within a download speed of 256 kbps per
"By the end of year 2010, the
policy aims to target 20 million broadband subscribers
and 40 million Internet subscribers," Maran said.
Oct 16, 2004
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