Chhattisgarh HC issues notices to DoT, Trai on minimum broadband speeds

By September 10th, 2016 AT 4:57 PM

The Chhattisgarh high court has issued notices to the telecom department (DoT), the Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) and TERM cell, Chhattisgarh on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a 61-year-old social worker Dilip Kumar Bhandari on minimum broadband speeds in India.


The court has fixed next date of hearing for December 5, and sought answers from these authorities over the issue.
The petitioner, in his PIL, said that these authorities are not complying and ignoring the National Telecom Policy 2012 on revising existing broadband speed.

The policy clearly mentions revising existing broadband speed from 256 Kbps to 512 Kbps and subsequently to 2 Mbps by 2015 and higher speeds of at least 100 Mbps thereafter. The policy also talks about providing affordable and reliable broadband on demand by the year 2015 and to achieve 175 million broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum 2 Mbps download speed.

The petitioner said some countries have started to put in place legislation to make internet as a “Fundamental human right” so that the access to the internet is a human right for their citizens. The regulator authority on May 24 this year recommended that the current definition of broadband in country be reviewed and minimum download speed be increased to 2 Mbps.

The PIL said that the Internet Service providers have already adopted a “Fair Usage Policy” that enables them to throttle the internet speed after certain limit and drag it down to minimum 512 Kbps which is a direct effect of “Impugned definition, which allows the minimum speed of broadband as 512 Kbps.

The DoT had issued a notification in 2015 through which the speed of 256 Kbps was increased to 512Kbps. However, the existing 512 Kbps speeds are one of the lowest average of broadband speeds in Asia and remains below the global average speed of 5 Mbps.

The petitioner said such a minimum slow speed of 512 Kbps is proving detrimental as People now days have started using different platforms on different operating system which has led to many data consuming applications.

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Salute to Dilip Sir ko. Wakai Ek 61 year old ne DOT or TRAI ko challenge kia court me. y sharm ki baat ki yeh kaam hame youths ko karna chahie tha. Thanks a million million times. Please Dilip Sir ab aapne initiaitve lia hi hai to ab isko bina 2 Mbps karae piche mt hatna sir. Hum aapke sath hai.


Thanks keshav.. I will pass the compliment to him


If the uploaded video is of high resolution and is clear then 4 Mbps download speed will be enough to stream a video at 240p continuously. High resolution videos will be clear. Hope others will bark against this as if the current minimum wired broadband speed allows them to fulfill their greed of watching 480p, 720p and 1080p videos without buffering keeping their laptops and smartphones in a worst condition without antivirus and temp files cleaning apps.


Isko bhi nahi pata hota ki ye kya bakwaas post karta hai.


+1 haha. Sudhakar saturday night ko full on tha lagta hai… 😀 😀

Kiran Fernandes

4Mbps plays 1080p without buffering. Try it. 500KB/s will be enough to play a 1080p video on YouTube.
But imagine your family of say 5 or 8 is all playing 1080p videos at the same time. Then 20 to 40Mbps is required.


That depends on the content (i.e. bit rate) & frame rate. You saying 4Mbps plays 1080p buffer free, as a blanket statement without context, is just as inaccurate as saying your car does 25kmpl without taking into account the driving conditions, quality of fuel, even the driver!


240p needs 4 mbps ??????


Pffft! You watch 240p videos in your Note 4? Throw it in the gutter and get Nokia Asha 210.


So you think people who play 480p or above are greedy? In what day and age you are living in? I will watch 4K and no one should have a problem with it until I am subscribed to a high capacity plan and paying for it.

480p is minimum. 240p? Dear God.

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