To promote internet connectivity in the country, the Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has recommended subsidizing the internet for the poor. TRAI has asked the government to subsidize Rs 200 per person for broadband internet connectivity in rural areas. This amount can be given to the poor through direct benefit transfer. In addition, the TRAI has made other suggestions to the government.
2 Mbps is the minimum speed
According to TRAI, the Internet speeds up online study and business activities with work from home during the Corona period. This requires the Internet speed to be increased from at least 512 KBPS to 2 Mbps. TRAI says that to increase speed, the cost of broadband service providers has to be reduced. In such a situation, there is a need to reduce the license fee.
‘Bidding should be sharpened’
The TRAI said in its recommendation that the government should auction the available mid-band spectrum, i.e. 3300 MHz to 3600 MHz. To further increase the speed of mobile broadband, spectrum allocation in the mm-wave range should be accelerated for the purpose of IMT-2020.
TRAI gave this advice
TRAI has advised the government on three categories of broadband service, including a minimum speed increase of 2 Mbps, a speed service for download speeds of 50 to 300 Mbps and a speed service of more than 300 Mbps. Users consume 13,462 MB of data a month. Currently, the minimum download speed of 512 KBPS is considered broadband connection.
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