Submit comments on broadband growth: TRAI

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New Delhi, Sept 26: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today extended the last date for submitting written comments on the draft recommendations on 'Growth of Broadband' up to October 5.

The telecom regulator on September 17 had released a draft recommendations on broadband growth, for which the stakeholders were required to submit their comments by September 28.

In the draft suggestions, it said universal service obligation (USO) fund be provided as subsidy for providing broadband services through satellite in remote and hilly areas, where back haul charges were initially up to 40 per cent.

India has over 2.47 million broadband connections as of July, a far cry from Department of Telecom's target of nine million broadband subscribers by this year-end.

Broadband service providers could access such subsidies after they are made eligible for support from the USO fund, to which telecom companies contribute a portion of their profits.


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