Delhi: The government has taken a big decision to provide relief to the users troubled by the slow internet speed. The Central Government has changed the speed of broadband connectivity to the minimum download speed of 2 Mpbs. That is, now users will get download speed of at least 2 megabits per second. This decision will benefit crores of users of the country and they will be able to use internet at a faster speed. Earlier the minimum download speed was only 512 Kbps. A notification issued by the Central Government stated that the Central Government vide notification issued on 18th July 2013 is pleased to amend the Broadband Act taking into account the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Support of interactive services with Internet access
According to the notification, Broadband (Broadband Data Connection) is a data connection that can support interactive services with Internet access and the ability to provide a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps to the subscriber from the point of presence (POP) of the service provider. . There are 825 million broadband users in India as on 30 November 2022, out of which 793 million users use wireless broadband connections. The top five service providers account for 98.4% market share of total broadband users at the end of November 2022. The top 5 service providers in India are Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (430 million users), Bharti Airtel (230 million users), Vodafone Idea (123 million users), BSNL (25 million users) and Atria Convergence (21 million users).
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