India is aiming to provide 20 million broadband connections by the end of year 2010. Indian Communications & Information Technology Minister has set a target to provide nine million broadband connections in India.
While speaking on the agenda item “Initiatives on Broadband”, he told that new disruptive wireless broadband technology like WiMax would add more than a million broadband connections by this year-end. Wire line and wireless broadband to co-exist and expand together, New applications like tele-aid medicines, IPTV, video conferencing, e-Governance, e-Commerce, etc., will be available to the citizens with broadband availability. Government would emphasis on North-Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir. Government will also cover secondary and higher secondary school, public health care centers and Village Panchayats in year 2008. Additionally, BSNL will aggressively roll out high speed broadband like Wi-MAX services and allow integration of multiple access technology like ADSL 2 +, VDSL 2, fibre-home, Wi-Fi, Wi-MAX, 3G, CorDECT, etc.