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TRAI expresses discontent with broadband service providers

09-February-2006
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TRAI expresses discontent with broadband service providers

In its monthly report on telecom and satellite television, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has observed that service providers were not being able to fulfill need of broadband demand of India.

“Total broadband connections (>256 Kbps download) in the country have touched around 10 lakh only as against a target of 30 lakh for December 2005 in Broadband Policy, 2004. Internet subscriber target of 60 lakh for December 2005 was exceeded in the same month itself, thus showing that there is a demand for both broadband and Internet, but service providers are not being able to fulfill the broadband demand,” TRAI observed.

As per a compilation done by TRAI, based on latest reports from operators, the subscriber base for telephony services has shown a record growth of 4.97 million subscribers during January 2006, as compared to 4.92 million subscribers in December 2005. During the first 10 months 2005-06 around 31.41 million subscribers have been added.

For the mobile segment, 4.69 million subscribers have been added during January 2006 as compared to 4.46 million in December 2005. The mobile additions consist of 3.52 million GSM subscribers and 1.17 million CDMA subscribers as against 3.19 million GSM and 1.27 million CDMA the previous month, TRAI said in its report.

During the first 10 months of the current fiscal, about 28.39 million mobile subscribers were added, making it a total of 80.61 million mobile subscribers at the end of January 2006.

On satellite channels, TRAI spoke about the new pay channels and FTA to pay channels. The new/converted FTA to pay channels were Adithya (Music), Teja (News), ETV and ETV2, the regulator said.

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