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Broadband Plans: From 7 to 100 million in three years!

After the explosive growth in the mobile telephone market that has already taken the subscriber base well past the 400 million mark, it is the turn of broadband connectivity to take off.

As per the current broadband definition of 256 kbps, India has around seven million broadband users. Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda has set an ambitious target of 100 million subscribers in the next three years. He believes that free accessibility of course material on the Internet is needed for taking education to the masses through the Internet.

The necessary infrastructure, fibre optics network and political will is in place, as are competing service providers.

The only things missing are electricity, school buildings and even teachers, in many rural areas. Knowing how the government works, it is likely that broadband will reach these schools before any of these do!

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