According to a gazette notification, the government has revised the definition of broadband connectivity, specifying a higher minimum download speed of 2 Mbps. Earlier, the definition notified by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in July 2013 had benchmarked it to 512 kbps as the minimum download speed.
As per the notification, in supersession of the definition of broadband issued vide notification dated July 18, 2013 and after consideration of the recommendation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the central government has revised the definition of broadband. As per the notification, broadband is a data connection that is able to support interactive services, including internet access and has the capability of the minimum download speed of 2 Mbps to an individual subscriber from the point of presence (POP) of the service provider intending to provide broadband service.
The notification dated January 25, 2023, has come into force with immediate effect.