While speaking at the inauguration of 4th Broadband Tech India 2007, Mr. G.S Grover, member Services, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications & IT said that the international call rates will drop down to the level of domestic calls rates in the near future due the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).The annual conference on broadband which is in itâ€™s fourth year was organised by Bharat Exhibitions.
According to Mr Grover, the broadband revolution which has already started, will lead
The major issue which was slowing the growth in this segment was the speed,
â€œAmong all technology options for rural connectivity advanced wireless systems are the best suited. Among the various AWS options available, the one with minimal disruptions is the most preferred On this course CDMA 1XEVDO is the front runnerâ€. said Mr B V Raman, Country Head CDG India.
While giving his keynote address Mr. Vijay Yadav, Managing Director for South Aisa, UT Starcom said that soon we would be able to have access to broadband of 2 Mbps or above speed anywhere in
According to Mr Grover, each year, over 10,000 villages, schools, hospitals and other public places would have broadband access. Today the country has about 2.7 million connections and by the year 2010 the number is expected to cross 20 million broadband connections.
To make broadband a success story in
Adding to this Mr. Kuldip Singh, Director (Technical), MTNL, â€œOn our part, we are already giving 2.5 Mbps broadband connectivity as a part of the new telephone connection free. The customer will be billed for usage only.â€ The service provider for the
While giving his key note address, the TRAIâ€™s Principal adviser Mr. Lav Gupta pointed out that 90 per cent of the present 2.7 million connections were getting only 256 Kbps bandwidth. According to him the challenges before the broadband service providers would is that the costs of providing the service and the content was becoming costly. While Ms Usha Rajeev, Leader Info -com Practice, Price water Cooper suggested that the involvement of all stake holders in getting a low cost network is of utmost importance.
Bharti Airtel chief of strategy Shankar Halder also cautioned the service providers to first ensure that there were compelling reasons for users to go for broadband through effective content. â€œOtherwise they will not use itâ€ he added.