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New broadband policy next week: Maran

06-August-2004
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New broadband policy next week: Maran

The much-awaited broadband policy is about a week away from its formal announcement. The communications and information technology union minister Dayananidhi Maran said on Thursday that the government was in the process of introducing the broadband policy.

“The ministry will be unveiling the broadband policy by next week. This will be a customer friendly policy. We are going in the direction where we feel that the idea of broadband should be accepted and the prices should come down,” the minister told mediapersons on the sidelines of the launch of MTNL digital certifying authority service.

When asked how will the customers benefit from the broadband policy, the minister said, “The benefits will be in the form of prices coming down at which broadband services will be offered.” He refused to comment on the pricing of the broadband services.

Further, he said that the ministry is taking a re-look at the new telecom policy. “The new telecom policy should incorporate new technologies and that is why we are taking a re-look,” he said.

Earlier, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) today launched a digital certifying authority service under the brand name of MTNL Trustline for its existing and new customers. This service will provide digital certificates to entities within the framework of IT-Act 2000. The cost of this project is about Rs 12.5 crore and it will be able to issue 5 lakh certificates with the available license capacity.

“We have asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to share infrastructure with MTNL on digital certifying services. Both the PSUs should offer these services on the same infrastructure,” he said.

MTNL has drawn up its plan for entering the broadband services in a big way, he pointed out. “MTNL intends to introduce Wi-Fi services soon. While there is a need to improve the existing services, addition of new services is essential,” he added.

MTNL has decided to offer one-third discount on the broadband services to its customers.

The new model of fixed wireless terminal (FWT) for WLL Garuda service was also launched.

The MTNL Trustline service will provide three types of certificates namely class 1, class 2 and class 3 along with enterprise solutions. The certificate will be valid for one/two years. The minimium charges for class 1 individual certificate (valid for one year) will be Rs 250, whereas the maximum price for class 3 server certificate (valid for two years) will be Rs 10,000.

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