Telecom regulator Trai has said that Vsat and DTH platforms should be allowed to be used to their fullest capabilities at the lowest possible cost for broadband proliferation as they are key for providing access in remote rural areas.
“DTH and Vsat can provide broadband with very fast roll out and coverage. The main advantages are that Vsat will be a contributor once technical restrictions and licence conditions are removed, allowing costs to come down by 40 per cent”, Pradip Baijal, chairman Trai said here at a seminar orgainsed by MS Swaminathan Research Foundation along with knowledge portal oneworld.net.
He said both could function as hubs to enable broadband to surrounding villages not just in one location and added the curbs like minimum dish size of vsat, throughput caps for upload and download should be removed.
Spectrum should be delicensed to allow wireless technologies to be leveraged to their fullest, Mr Baijal said.
He said if the Trai recommendations on broaband were accepted by the government, the growth of broadband will be more spectacular than mobile sector.
With 16.7 tbps of international connectivity under implementation and 180 gbps being lit and only 10 gbps being utilised, if the prices can be severly dropped, the market will expand, he said.
At present, there is virtually no India business or content on broadband. With the broadband penetration in India at 0.02 per 100 and it costs $15.63 per a 100 kbps speed connection, in South Korea, the charges are $0.25 for the same speed and the penetration is 25 per 100.