TRAI urges Govt to boost broadband growth

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has urged the Indian Government to take the urgent policy measures to boost broadband growth in the country and ask BSNL and MTNL to adopt a a franchisee model where by local players can use their copper lines to offer high speed Internet services.

TRAI has expressed its concerned that the Government has not taken any decision on the growth of broadband. The regulator has earlier allocate Wi-Max spectrum for wireless broadband services and making National Internet Exchange of India more effective. According to TRAI, only 0.47 million broadband subscribers have been added in first six months of 2007. TRAI has suggested that Government should increase the target fixed for BSNL and MTNL for provision of broadband connections in 2007-08. The Government should ensure availability of more number of Ku band transponders to roll out broadband services through DTH platform and utilise Universal Service Obligation (USO) fund to provide subsidy for providing broadband services through satellite in remote and hilly areas.

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