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India's low broadband penetration a matter of concern: Trai Chairman

Broadband penetration in India is only 7%. It is a matter of concern, says R S Sharma

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Low broadband penetration in the country is a matter of concern and the needs to do a lot more work in the field to go up in the global ladder, Telecom Regulatory Authority of (Trai) Chairman said here on Wednesday.

"One area wherein we need to do a lot of work is broadband connectivity. A few days back I was attending an (International Telecommunication Union) event and a whitepaper on broadband was presented there. According to it broadband penetration in is only 7%. It is a matter of concern," Sharma said.

He was addressing the 12th National Summit e-Governance and Digital organised by Assocham.

Sharma said the report stated that is even behind countries like Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia in broadband penetration.

"We have given recommendations to the on using cable television network for broadband delivery. If it is done then our ranking will go up. In many developed countries like the US and Europe nearly 50-60% broadband comes from Digital Cable TV," Sharma added.

First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 16:38 IST