India Gets 1Gbps Broadband
India's national digital initiative just took a giant stride forward with the launch of the country's first 1 gigabit broadband service, courtesy of ACT Fibernet.
Triple-play operator ACT (Atria Convergence Technologies) -- which delivers broadband Internet, digital TV and HDTV to consumers across India -- debuted the offering in Hyderabad today, with plans to roll it out to another ten cities this year. ACT Fibernet is the broadband arm of ACT.
"With our citizens and the government moving towards the Digital India movement, high speed internet is the need of the hour," said Bala Malladi, CEO, ACT Fibernet, in a statement. "With the launch of our 1 Gbps broadband internet service, it gives me immense pride to turn this dream into reality."
The service is currently available in Hyderbad for Rs 5999 (approximately $92.52 at this morning's exchange rate) per month at 1 terabyte fair usage policy or bandwidth cap.
To implement ultra-broadband cabling and infrastructure across its 11-city footprint, ACT Fibernet spent about $165.35 million (Rs 1,100 crore) and expects to spend between $150.31 million and $180.34 million (Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 1,200 crore) in the next 18 to 24 months, Malladi told local reporters, writes the Economic Times -- India Times.
Reliance Jio is set to soon launch FTTH-based ultra-broadband, according to the service provider's website. Earlier this month it began soliciting email addresses to receive notifications for when the service becomes available; currently it's being tested in Mumbai and Pune areas. The fiber rollout was delayed due to the provider's focus on 4G, Reliance Jio said.
Headed by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Digital India is a national, government initiative that envisions a "digitally empowered society and knowledge economy." The creation of broadband highways is the first leg of this journey, according to the Ministry. Obviously, the addition of gigabit services is critical to future endeavors including online education, telehealth, e-government, smart cities and a technology-centric business environment.
The government is building a "robust broadband infrastructure for digital delivery of services" via a nationwide optical fiber cable network designed to connect all villages and towns at speeds of at least 100Mbps; some will gain ultra-broadband speeds by 2020 under the plan, according to a KPMG report titled, "Powering Digital India Through Ease of Doing Business."
In Akamai's most recent ranking of national connectivity speeds, India ranked number 105 at just 4.1Mbps average connection speeds.
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