Government enforces minimum broadband speed limit

18 Mar 2005

India’s government has been laying down the law to internet service providers in relation to its broadband policy, which was first announced in October 2004. The Department of Telecommunications has issued instructions to all operators to cease marketing their internet access services under the ‘broadband’ heading for products with download speeds of less than 256kbps. The national policy states that only download speeds of 256kbps and above can be classed as a broadband service; complaints have already been registered against service providers in Chennai and Bangalore for offering lower speed ‘broadband’ packages.