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India needs a fundamental shift in policies to strengthen telecom infrastructure, says CII-KPMG report

April 19, 2017

According to a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and KPMG, India, with a mobile broadband penetration of only 17 per cent, needs a fundamental shift in policies and regulations to strengthen its telecom infrastructure. As per the report, this is very low in comparison to the wireless broadband penetration of 90 per cent in the US and the UK, 77 per cent in Malaysia and 53 per cent in China. Further, India still has a minimum broadband speed of over 512 kbps as compared to 2 Mbps and above in most of the countries. Moreover, the report added that the teledensity for mobile internet in rural areas was abysmally low and stood at 12.98 per cent.

According to the report, there should be more clarity on policies applicable to ICT infrastructure providers. Further, the country needs to have a uniformity of policies across the centre, state and municipal bodies.

Moreover, the report suggests that there is a requirement for a uniform national policy for ICT infrastructure to enable faster deployment and affordable services.

 
 

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