Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Government's initiatives in the Broadband Internet Sector

There is a lot of buzz of Digital India and an emphasis on connectivity these days. But internet connectivity has been a major focus for many decades. It is in the 1970s that the government understood its importance and a committee for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) was formed. After which the focus has been growing.

In 1990s, initiatives like e-governance and e-commerce marked their presence. Later in 2000, an act known as Information Technology Act was formulated. With this, electronic signatures got recognition.

E-governance is an area which the government is keen on developing. It encourages interactivity with the people and leads to transparency in governance. It also helps in delivering low-cost, timely, effective and convenient services to the citizens. Besides, it reduces paperwork and helps the government to organize and manage its data well. Government has also come up with facilitation centers that promote internet and helps citizens connect with the authorities through this medium.

The present government is also taking many steps for the growth of internet in India. These steps taken by the governments are being extremely fruitful. Broadband in India is getting an important place. The government is trying to make additional spectrum and high speed available. The minimum speed of the broadband is now increased from 256 kbps to 512 kbps while the average connection speed is 2 mbps.

As per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), September 2014, India consists of 13.6% of the total subscribers in the world with more than 950 million subscribers in the country. There is a growth over 10 million subscribers every quarter. India also ranks 4th in Asia for the highest number of new broadband connections. Besides in 2014, the rate of internet adoption in India was found to be 5 times more than in 2012.

This enhanced connectivity has further raised the hunger and need for internet amongst people. There is widespread popularity, increasing literacy, greater awareness and support from the government. These are the major factors that are attracting more people and increasing the customer base for broadband companies in India.

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