Chhattisgarh HC Urges DoT to Provide High-Speed Internet to Broadband Users

Broadband speeds in India never matched with other countries. Internet Service Providers claim higher download speeds, but the actual results never impressed the Indian customers. Recently, ACT Fibernet, the leading non-telco launched the country’s first Gigabit plan delivering speeds of 1 Gbps.


And now, the Chhattisgarh High Court has directed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide high-speed Internet facility to broadband users according to the national telecom policy.

“A division bench of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Sharad Gupta yesterday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social worker Dilip Kumar Bhandari, challenging the delay in revising the broadband speed in the country, the petitioner’s counsel Prasoon Agrawal & Palash Tiwari said today,” says a PTI report.

The report further says that “Bhandari had last year filed the PIL contending that the telecom authorities are ignoring the National Telecom Policy 2012 on revising existing broadband speed.”

Also, the public interest litigation says that the policy mentions about changing and increase the existing broadband speed to 2 Mbps by 2015, however, users in Chhattisgarh are still plagued with 512 Kbps speed.

The lawyer while quoting the petition has said: “At least 200 million broadband users in India are devoid of high Internet speed facility while several other countries are enjoying high-speed data service.”

Moreover, the Chhattisgarh court had earlier issued notices to the DoT, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and the Telecom Enforcement Resources and Monitoring (TERM) seeking their replies on the issue, but there’s no response from them.

“During a hearing of the matter in the high court yesterday, Chhattisgarh’s Additional Solicitor General N K Vyas presented the Union government’s stand and assured the division bench that all users would be provided with high Internet speed by 2023, Tiwari said,” says the report.

After all these sayings, the court has disposed of the PIL and directed the DoT to the users in the state high-speed internet facility as per the national telecom policy.

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July 15, 2017 9:27 pm 9:27 PM
The upload speed must be only 50% than the download speed. In BSNL wired broadband, they have increased pre FUP speed to 4 Mbps* and post FUP to 2 Mbps* for all plans from Rs.675. That is two changes within short time compared to the increase of post FUP speed from 256 Kbps to 512 Kbps and from 512 Kbps to 1 Mbps. * means download speed. But officially declared upload speed is still 768 Kbps. This must be 50% of the downlpad speed. Lets hope for the best. Very sad to see that all private operators are providing just… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes | Goa
July 15, 2017 5:12 pm 5:12 PM

Only 2Mbps? It’s time the DoT revise the broadband plans to 10Mbps minimum by the end of this year, and 20Mbps in 2020. Only then things will change. More people need fiber across the length and breadth of the country. Time for adsl to die. Bsnl should replace all existing adsl lines with fiber. The Govt should make sure they do it.

July 15, 2017 9:28 pm 9:28 PM

Why are you not bothered to mention about the official upload in BSNL wired broadband which is just 768 Kbps?.

July 15, 2017 11:58 pm 11:58 PM

when it’s fiber what’s the point in upload speed of 768?

July 16, 2017 2:44 am 2:44 AM

BSNL hasn’t implemented FTTH in a full fledged manner.

July 16, 2017 9:50 am 9:50 AM

That’s why BSNL losing customers.

July 16, 2017 2:42 am 2:42 AM

BSNL hasn’t implemented FTTH full fledged.