Government to fix 2 Mbps as minimum broadband speed

The Government of India is planning to increase minimum broadband speed to 2Mbps, which is four times higher than the current rate of 512Kbps.

Commenting on the development, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed that he is scheduled to take up this matter with the communications ministry. He said that the government is considering to lay down a concrete policy for increasing the minimum broadband speed from the current levels.

In 2014, the government had increased the speed to 512 Kbps. However, as per the latest technological trends the speed of 512Kbps is very low. Moreover, with the penetration of 4G, users are not willing to browse the web at a mere 512 Kbps speed.

According to Akamai State of Internet report, India has the slowest average internet connection in Asia at 2.8 Mbps per second as of December 2015. However, the global average is pegged at 6.3Mbps.

Meanwhile, the telecom regulatory authority has also suggested to maintain 2 Mbps as minimum broadband speed. TRAI also launched an app called MySpeed.

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