Trai Issues Consultation Paper on Promoting and Improving Broadband Access in India

Trai issued a consultation paper Thursday to promote and improve broadband connectivity across the country. The authority intends to obtain comments from stakeholders on “defining fixed and mobile broadband” and other elements of broadband connectivity through the consultation paper “Roadmap to Encourage Broadband Connectivity and Enhanced Broadband Speed” Trai highlighted in a release that expanding the country-wide high-speed reliable broadband connectivity has been the government and authority ‘s focus since 2004. Trai said in the past there have been a number of policy and regulatory initiatives that have resulted in the broadband connectivity to reach the present state.

Trai Issues Consultation Paper on Broadband Connectivity Promotion and Enlargement

The authority said the rapid advances in the field of information and communication technologies ( ICTs) have put “continuous pressure” on government, authority and telecommunications service providers (TSP) to further enhance connectivity.

“The efforts continue to meet the ever-increasing demand and consumer expectations,” Trai said in the release.

The authority said that the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 (NDCP 2018) identified several strategies to “improve the penetration and performance of broadband networks.” However, Trai said that “such strategies need to be converted into actionable points.”

It was also said that the Telecommunications Department (DoT) had asked Trai to “furnish its recommendations” on multiple elements such as “different speeds for various categories” such as mobile and fixed broadband. The DoT is also said to have asked Trai for its view on “specific categories of broadband speeds” as described in Europe, such as standard, high speed, and ultra-high speed broadband.

“With this background, the Authority intends, through this Consultation Paper, to seek stakeholder input on I defining fixed and mobile broadband, (ii) innovative infrastructure creation approaches, (iii) promoting broadband connectivity, and (iv) measures to be taken to improve broadband speed [sic],” Trai said in the release on Thursday.

Trai Seeks Comments on the September 21 consultation paper

Trai said the consultation paper is available on its website and the authority will be accepting written feedback from stakeholders on the consultation paper by September 21, 2020. The authority further stated that the counter comments must be submitted by 5 October 2020.

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