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Indian broadband speeds currently about 17% of global average

Cisco's Visual Networking Index for 2012–2017 forecasts usage and growth in Internet traffic in the next five years. Besides the expected excitement on mobile and video growth and Internet penetration, the paper and presentation offer per-country statistic which are quite telling.

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CNN-IBN "At your service" - Tata Indicom broadband

CNN-IBN has a show where consumers can contact them about service related issues and they'll follow it up. The first report was about Tata Indicom and somebody kindly put it up on YouTube ...

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MTNL's "legal" VoIP phone service launched

MTNL in association with Aksh Optifibre today announced the launch of India’s first legal and cheapest Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services in Mumbai. The service will enable MTNL broadband subscribers to call US, UK, Canada and Australia at rates as low as Rs 1 per minute changing the voice calling experience forever.


You Telecom looking to expand

You Telecom, formerly known as Iqara, is reportedly planning to expand its broadband business.

You Telecom, a Citigroup-owned broadband service provider, plans to spend Rs 300 crore for launching services in 14 new cities across the country by the end of 2008.


The trouble with broadband

A columnist, Prashant Rao, for the Indian Express expresses his frustration at the broadband scene in India.

So what is preventing broadband from getting into single, forget double, digits? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, heck, it’s shouting in a gale of indifference on part of ISPs.


Government policy set to kill small and medium ISPs

The Indian government's new ISP policy has done away with category C licenses for ISPs, according to the Times of India, because they are a burden to the regulator, pose a potential national security threat, and are a risk to consumers.


Global ISP comparisons

For those interested, I've updated and revamped the global comparison list.


30% bandwidth rate cut expected as landing station access is opened up

The DoT is expected to introduce regulations that will open up access to landing stations of international long distance players for rival companies’ submarine cables.

Currently, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Reliance Communications, Bharti and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd carry bandwidth to India through seven locations. Trai had recommended to the DoT to allow equal access at the cable landing stations (CLS), including landing facilities for submarine cables, to licensed operators on a non-discriminatory basis, without any sunset clause.

DoT derides ISP on censorship issue

The Economic Times confirms that the DoT has ordered ISPs to only block the blogs in question rather than entire domains or IP addresses.

DoT has also issued a show cause notice to ISPs following pressure from the government. “The DoT has further sought explanation from the erring ISPs as to why action be not taken against them for blocking unintended websites and webpages,” a government notice on the issue said.

Accessing blocked websites using page caches

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