Over 110 million households may soon be able to avail broadband services over the cable television network across the country said telecommunication experts. This was at the one day International Conference “5th Broadband Tech India 2008” organized in Delhi recently. This would mean that availability of telemedicine, distance education and many other such facilities at a very negligible cost.
Mr. S.D. Saxena Director Finance, BSNL informed the participants about Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd's (BSNL's) on- going talks with Reserve bank of India (RBI) for enabling remittances from distant workers to reach their families through mobile phone transasction. It was felt that the broadband can get into the transaction segment by turning devices like mobile phone into a transaction card, with a possibility of implementing transaction not just between customer and business but also between customer to customer, thereby creating an explosive use of mobile phones.
The other issues which was discussed during proceeding of the Conference was the clear divide between the telecom content providers. The convergence of platforms with content need to take place if we want to witness the desired growth in broadband services, said Mr. Sunil K Gupta, Advisor (Converged Networks) Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He further underlined the need for a comprehensive approach to broadband penetration involving all stake holders. Regarding the sustained growth of broadband services and its penetration, Shankar Halder, Chief Strategy & Governance, Bharti Airtel Limtied said that while the infrastructure was still struggling to take the broadband services in the interiors of the country, the need for an end to end eco system along with the relevant content was the need to the day.