TRAI releases status paper on broadband speed

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New Delhi, Jan 1 (UNI) In order to ensure the maintenance of a minimum broadband speed of 256 kbps by internet service providers, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today released a status paper on 'Broadband Speed'.

The telecom regulator said in a statement that the paper has analysed broadband speed provided in various countries, while admitting that there is no uniform benchmark for broadband speed being followed worldwide.

As per Broadband Policy 2004, the broadband connection has been defined as an 'always-on' internet access with a minimum speed of 256 kbps.

TRAI said the internet service providers use the words like 'up to' to define broadband speed without indicating minimum committed speed of the packages.

The Paper also analysed the existing broadband infrastructure in the country and implications of redefining broadband speed, with the international experience also been compiled, the statement added.

TRAI said it had already written to all the service providers not to use words like 'up to' and unambiguously indicate minimum committed speed of the plan which must be atleast 256 Kbps in case of broadband.

Service providers have also been asked to bring to the notice of subscribers the definition of the broadband while offering high speed internet connections.

While efforts are being made to ensure minimum 256 Kbps speed for broadband connections, some stakeholders have also suggested for raising the minimum speed of broadband connections.

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