Zip on bandwidth highway
Zip on the bandwidth highway! In a far-reaching move to make new buildings broadband-enabled, the government may soon direct the developing towns like Gurgaon, Greater Noida and others, where special economic zones are getting approved, to provide high-capacity bandwidth.india Updated: May 17, 2006 02:29 IST
Zip on the bandwidth highway! In a far-reaching move to make new buildings broadband-enabled, the government may soon direct the developing towns like Gurgaon, Greater Noida and others, where special economic zones are getting approved, to provide high-capacity bandwidth.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) defines broadband as an ‘always-on’ data connection that is able to support interactive services including Internet access and has the capability of a minimum download speed of 256 kilo bits per second (kbps).
Pudong in Shanghai has followed such a model with great success, which has resulted in rapid expansion of high quality bandwidth to homes and offices.
Now in India too, it is proposed that all large commercial buildings, offices and houses in areas where commercial business, including information technology, is expected to dominate should be given clear directions on the need for high-quality bandwidth in the building at the construction stage.
A sub-group of the Planning Commission under the chairmanship of Rajiv Ratan Shah, member (secretary), on “Farming out Excess Bandwidth” has suggested co-ordination between those who provide permission/monitor building bylaws (like MCD in Delhi) and the DoT to ensure appropriate provisioning of such facilities.
The sub-group has proposed an advance meeting of construction companies, DoT, TRAI and telecom companies providing bandwidth through local access (both wireless and wire line) and services such as VPN, IPLS and asynchronous transfer mode to formulate a national policy for incorporating bandwidth in all new, ongoing and future constructions. The rollout of broadband may be coordinated with cable operators by the Department of Telecommunications, the sub-group has suggested in its first meeting held recently. The objective of the sub-group, among other things, is to examine the ways to make
the projected bandwidth estimated to 1.5 terra bits per seconds (tbps) available by 2007. The sub-group was mandated to access bandwidth available with railways, central power utilities, VSNL, MTNL and others.
It also suggested a system of farming out excess bandwidth through bandwidth trading and to identify a nodal agency for carrying out the functions related to identification and trading of bandwidth.