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Broadband in India

Indian broadband industry is rapidly emerging. With the advent of technological revolution coupled with falling cost and increasing service quality, broadband users in India are on rise. Since the launching of internet services in India, things have dramatically improved. We are still not up to the western standards, but steps are being taken to improve the situation. Broadband service has almost managed to replace low speed and dial-up internet service. According to the TRAI guidelines, broadband services are spread all across India with the minimum speed of 256 Kbps. At the end of June-2008, the total number of broadband subscribers in India was 4.38 million. However, with 11,160,000 million, Dial-Up Internet subscribers were still far ahead of broadband subscribers.


As per latest figures of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), Broadband connections in India witnessed impressive growth of 83% and the total number stood at 4.9 million. The broadband penetration in India is still low compared to international standards but things are looking bright. To cash on this emerging market, several top notch companies have launched broadband services. Major among them are; BSNL, MTNL, Bharti Airtel, Reliance, Tata group, Sify to name a few


BSNL is the largest amongst the broadband players with 2.32 mn subscribers and 53.15% market share whereas another state run company MTNL boasts of 13.56% market share and 0.59 mn subscribers. MTNL is operational in Mumbai and Delhi only. Amongst private players, Bharti Airtel is rapidly leveraging upon its pan Indian mobile services and has managed to acquire 0.58 mn subscribers with 13.25% market share. The other private players are Hathway Cable, Tata Communications, You Telecom, Reliance Communications, Sify Broadband, Asianet Communications and HFCL Infotel.


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