2016 will be the year of bandwidth: BBNL CEO

As the Indian internet-base is grappling with an average of 1.4Mbps speed, Bharat Broadband Network CEO and USOF administrator N Ravi Shakar feels that India's bandwidth issues would be tackled in tandem with national fibre network.

The country has the lowest Internet speed in entire Asia Pacific region— coupled with lowest penetration of high speed broadband with only 0.3 per cent of 10Mbps speed connections, reveals a recent study by Akamai Technologies.

Telecom watchdog Trai, however, acknowledges 2Mbps as speed barometer for a broadband connection. This despite, the global average connection speeds have risen to more than 29 percent year-on-year.

Ravi Shakar is optimistic about India's broadband story and said that they have carried a pilot with 10 Mbps speed to test apps in 59 village blocks. The experience, he said was intriguing, and augurs well for wireless technologies.

From voice to video—all services including animation, entertainment and gaming, he said, would be offered on high-speed network. "It can offer ubiquitous backhaul for all services that work seamlessly," added Ravi Shankar.

"As a part of broadband decade, there will be exponential growth, which is poised to evince by the dusk of 2015," he remarked. DoT official strongly believes that 2016 will be the year of bandwidth.

"After cable TV in 90s' we saw evolution of voice in 2003-04; and now 2015 is all set to augment India's broadband growth," added Ravi Shankar.

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