The Indian government plans to launch a broadband policy that would establish “broadband connectivity as a basic fundamental right like education and health”. The strategy is expected to be released within 100 days. A combination of optical fibre network, wireless technology and VSAT terminals will be set up to cover urban and rural areas to provide low cost broadband connectivity. It will also encourage FTTH rollouts and back them with enabling guidelines to create an “always connected society”.
The 2012 National Telecom Policy has envisioned broadband penetration targets of 175 million by 2017 and 600 million by 2020. But the ambitious numbers may prove too tough to reach if the NOFN – National Fibre Optic Network, laying is delayed, the Department of Telecommunications has been worried. The new broadband initiative is a support plan under the concerns.
The Indian government also plans to establish an “appropriate institutional framework” to coordinate with various departments and agencies for deployment and maintenance of telecom cables, including fiber-optic cables, for rapid expansion of broadband connectivity across the country.