Despite a booming internet market across the country, India’s move into high-speed broadband internet access has been distinctly sluggish. When it came to high-speed broadband access, for long time there was a reluctance to adopt what was on offer, especially within the corporate sector, and the growth of broadband remained relatively slow for some time.
India’s fixed broadband market remains underdeveloped in India, mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform and an unwillingness by operators to invest in fixed broadband infrastructure. Between 2011 and 2015, fixed broadband penetration increased only marginall. During 2015/16 the market grew by nearly 10% reaching. Moderate growth is predicted for the next five years to 2021.
In November 2015 Bharti Airtel allocated an investment of INR600 billion (USD9 billion) for the upgrade of its pan-Indian network over the next three years under ‘Project Leap’. In March 2016 Vodafone signed an agreement to acquire cable broadband provider YOU Broadband.
In December 2015 India’s telecom minister confirmed that the government has no plans to disinvest MTNL and BSNL.
By 2016 BSNL expected to shut down its WiMAX network in areas with small subscriber bases or where equipment has broken down. In June 2016 BSNL launched Wi-Fi Mobile Data Offloading Services (MDO) across the entire south
By 2016 India was making good progress on the government-mandated digitisation program. There are already rapidly expanding digital segments in the TV market, notably IPTV/Broadband TV and with some digitalisation of the traditional platforms proceeding at a good pace. The type of expansion being witnessed in digital media is expected to continue at an increased rate.
Aircel/Dishnet, Bharti Airtel, Idea/Spice, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Bharti Telenet, Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), Tata Indicom, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Augere, Dimension Data.
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Last updated 23 Aug 2016
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