Friday, July 30, 2004

Maran wants broadband @!!!

Internet rates in India very high: Maran
Bangalore, July 29. (PTI): Union IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran Thursday said internet access rates in India were very high and the Centre would take steps to bring it down.

"...compared to the rest of the world, Indian internet rates are very high. It has to be brought down and we are going to do that," Maran told reporters here during his maiden visit to India's IT city after becoming the Union IT minister.
"We have asked all the players, including BSNL and MTNL,to introduce broadband, using ADSL and DSL connections," he said.
Maran said the government was studying the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recommendations on improving broadband connectivity and "make use of the 256 kpbs broadband availability in the country."
"...the whole world is saying that we have to step up the accelerator on broadband. Usage of broadband in India is `far behind' compared to other Asian countries," he said.

On the Convergence bill, Maran said it had lapsed wth the 13th Lok Sabha.
"We are talking to different agencies and receiving their reactions. We are talking with the Information and Broadcasting ministry. A convergence commission will be set up after the bill is passed," he said.
Asserting that Bangalore's contribution in IT has made India proud, Maran said the industry has grown to this stage because of the supporting infrastructure by government.
"We have to make sure we are facilitators. Infrastructure problems are there in every developing country," he said, when asked about the IT industry's complaint of bad supporting infrastructure for future growth.
He further urged companies to adopt domains for 'India Brand creation' ...

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