Broadband limps on in India

Its easy to see why data reveals that the success of India’s telecom revolution is restricted to mobile voice with very little to showcase in fixed line and Internet access, or high-speed broadband.

Note that forecasts show that Internet broadband penetration will limp along to eventually reach a measly 3.9 connections for every 100 citizens by 2012. Even though Internet users may be multiple times higher, actual broadband penetration will not exceed 18.1 million at the beginning of the next decade. In contrast, mobile telephony will add as many as 350 million subscribers during this five-year period to end at roughly 615 million by mid 2012.

The reasons for this measly picture lie in inadequate fixed line infrastructure, barely profitable ISP (Internet service provider) business and from the consumer's perspective, the fixed hardware and usage costs involved.


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