Trai draft paper on broadband soon

The move comes at a time when the auction process for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum is going on. “We are planning to come out with a consultation paper on broadband in next 10 days ... We will further try to hasten it and try to ready with the recommendations and regulations in next few months,” Chairman J S Sarma told reporters on the sideline of a Ficci conference.

The issues that would be broadly covered would include laying of optic fibre cables, getting access to USO fund among others, he added.

Speaking on ‘The Road to Broadband — Investment & Innovation’, Sarma said Trai would aim at making broadband an alternative model for the delivery of governance.

While the country boasts of having about 600 million mobile phone users, there are about nine million broadband subscribers.

The government is auctioning two slots of 20 MHz of pan- Indian BWA spectrum.
Trai intends to elicit the views of various stakeholders on the issue.
Press Trust of India

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