Internet’s last-mile challenges in India by Osama Manzar

Posted in: Digital Divide at 14/11/2011 16:00

The situation of Internet connectivity in India is like our roads. It is not about how much Internet is available in India, but the quality of its bandwidth

Despite good roads in Indian metros, we take no less than half an hour to reach a distance of 5-10km. Certainly, the reason is traffic congestion, red lights and more vehicles than the space to drive. In rural areas, too, the average speed is 20-30km per hour, although the reason here is not too much of traffic but poor road conditions, and in several areas almost no presence of roads.

The situation of Internet connectivity in India is like our roads. It is not about how much Internet is available in India, but the quality of its bandwidth. Our people living in rural areas or even the areas away from the highly concentrated metros, the definition of Internet is 256 kbps with more than 50% downtime.

India has more than 100 million Internet users. By the end of December, we will have about 121 million Internet users in India. And we are adding five-seven million Internet users every month, according to industry lobby group Internet and Mobile Association of India.

To read this Live Mint report in full, see:
www.livemint.com/2011/11/13225841/Internet8217s-lastmile-cha.html

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