The government’s target to have 9 million broadband users by the end of 2007 is most likely going to be missed. [via ET] Of course, there’s nothing surprising or shocking in this news considering the previous target of having three million broadband subscribers by 2005-end has still not been achieved. Total broadband connections have reached 2.47 million by the end of July with an addition of 50,000 subscribers, according to latest figures released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Despite all this failure, the Department of Telecom has not changed its broadband policy of 2004 where it had set a target of 20 million broadband users for 2010. The DoT has also ruled out any move to provide access of BSNL and MTNL copper network to private operators to push broadband penetration. Fine planning, I say.