To enable States & UTs measure broadband growth, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has partnered with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). The joint venture will launch a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) for Indian States and Union Territories (UT). The first estimate will be made in 2019 and subsequently every year until 2022.
In a first of its kind in the world, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is considering a new model, called Bharat Wi-Fi, which has been jointly proposed by all telecom companies, internet service providers, and virtual network operators who will work together to offer Wi-Fi through public hotspots via roaming agreements.
Reliance Jio’s much anticipated broadband platform Jio GigaFiber has slashed its security deposit to Rs 2500 from Rs. 4500. To bring the deposit down, RJio has brought a new version of its optical network terminal (ONT) device "Gigahub Home Gateway" for Jio GigaFiber broadband service.
The internet penetration in rural India is much more than expected, as per Indian Readership Survey Data (for Q1 2019). The report added that despite the sharpest increase being in the digital sector (as compared to data released in 2017), print and television have been holding strong to their positions, strengthening their reach.
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