Broadband users to touch 0.8 M by year-end

By agencies   |   Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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MUMBAI: The broadband Internet users in the country are expected to touch 0.8 million by the end of this year against the government's target of 3 million.

"Our growth in the broadband area is very less and we would reach approximately 0.8 million users, from the present 0.6 million users a month back, by the end of this year", Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman Pradip Baijal said.

"There is a huge potential for the broadband in the rural areas where other means of communication are not that effective, and in comparison to South Korea and China we are way behind the broad band connectivity", he added.

"There needs to be unbundling of the connectivity loop by BSNL and MTNL to achieve a desired growth in this area," Baijal said.

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