Minimum broadband speed raised from 256kbps to 512kbps in India

Get ready for faster broadband internet!

I have been using Broadband ever since 2005, when BSNL introduced DataOne. At the point of time, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has defined the minimum broadband speed at 256kbps. Today TRAI notified in a news article that the minimum broadband speed has been raised to 512 kilo bytes per second (kbps) from the earlier 256 kbps. This is indeed a good news for every broadband consumer. Soon we will not have any 256kbps speed. For the unlimited users, if you cross your monthly FUP limit, you will go back to 512kbps, instead of 256kbps speed.

The unknown fact behind this news is that the Broadband Service provider might increase their tariff. During last year, I have seen increase in tariff plans within BSNL and ACT Broadband. I am sure other players must have increased the tariff too.

With the new minimum broadband speed policy, we have to wait and watch from Broadband Service Provider about their revised tariff.

Come 2015, ready for more higher speed. According to National Telecom Policy 2012, the government aims to raise the broadband download speed of to 512 kbps from 256 kbps,and subsequently to 2 Mbps by 2015.

Source: India National Telecom Policy 2012 [PDF]