December 16, 2006

BSNL is to upgrade to 2MBPS !!

BSNL Gives new year gift to Indians , all 256kbps connections will be upgraded to 2mbps in 2007 without any tarrif hike. Awesome

Telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is all set to offer an 'aggressive' broadband plan having a speed of upto 2 mbps, Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said Thursday evening here.

In an effort to boost the growth of broadband connections in the country, the minister today held a round-table conference with the chief executives of Indian telecom companies. 'Broadband penetration in the country is quite modest at about 3 million connections. To trigger growth in this sector, BSNL has come out with an aggressive plan of providing 5 million broadband connections in the year 2007 with a minimum download speed of 2 mbps (megabit per second),' the minister said.'In this round-table conference I have asked the private operators to roll out similar plans for broadband connectivity,' Maran told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.Some of the big names who attended the conference are Anil Ambani of Reliance Infocom, Ramalinga Raju of Satyam, Asim Ghosh, managing director of Hutchison Essar. 'We will initially start with 1 Mbps and gradually increase it to 2 Mbps. We may probably bring out the service from January next year,' said A.K. Sinha, BSNL's chairman and managing director.

All operators currently provide broadband connectivity with a maximum downloading speed of upto 256 kbps (kilobit per second).