20 million broadband connections by 2010: Maran

Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Aiming to bring fruits of the digital revolution to more and more people, India has set a target providing 20 million broadband connections by the end of 2010, Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said on Thursday.

Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his ministry, Maran said nine million broadband connections will be set up by the end of this year, which is being celebrated as Broadband Year.

He reiterated that "special emphasis" should be put on the northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir.

Pushing for greater broadband penetration in the country, he said: "New applications such as tele-aid medicines, IPTV, video conferencing, e-governance, e-commerce, etc, will be available to the citizens with broadband availability."
Source: IANS
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