National Broadband Mission Launched: Broadband for All Villages by 2022 and More Announced

Some of the objectives of the mission are: provide broadband access to all villages by 2022, facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and so on

By December 17th, 2019 AT 8:14 PM
  • The data usage saw a drastic increase since 2016, especially after the entry of Reliance Jio
  • NBM promises broadband connectivity to all villages by 2022
  • An invest of USD 100 billion is also planned

National Broadband Mission (NBM) has been announced today and it ensures that all the rural villages will get high-speed broadband connectivity in the coming years. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology has launched the National Broadband Mission at an event held in New Delhi. The vision of NBM is to fast track the growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all and facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion, said a release. NBM will ensure that all the villages will get broadband connectivity by the end of 2022.

National Broadband Mission: What Exactly is It?

It is worth noting that the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) is different from the newly announced National Broadband Mission (NBM). Some of the objectives of the mission are: provide broadband access to all villages by 2022, facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas, and laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fibre Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by 2024.

Besides the above mentioned three missions, the National Broadband Mission also aims at significantly improving the quality of services for mobile and internet and it also helps in developing innovative implementation models for Right of Way (RoW) and to work with States/UTs for having consistent policies pertaining to expansion of digital infrastructure including for RoW approvals required for laying of OFC.

Furthermore, NBM will also have a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) which will measure the availability of communications infrastructure and conducive policy ecosystem within a State/UT. The government will also create a digital fibre map of the Digital Communications network and infrastructure, including Optical Fibre Cables and Towers, across the country.

There will also be a massive investment from stakeholders of USD 100 billion (Rs 7 lakh crore) including Rs 70,000 crore from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

Data Consumption and Subscriber Base Saw a Massive Increase Compared to 2014

In other news, the government has introduced this new broadband mission is to meet the ever-growing needs for internet. Right now, in India, an average person is consuming 9.77GB data per month which is up by a staggering 1120% compared to 2014. Not only that, but telecom subscribers are also growing at a rapid pace in the country with Reliance Jio adding nearly 10 million users every month.

Mobile Subscribers (in millions)

30% Growth

Internet Subscribers(in millions)

165% Growth

Broadband Subscribers(in millions)

530% Growth

Tele-density (%)

20% Growth

75.23 %90.52 %
Rural Tele-density (%)

31% Growth

44.01 %57.59 %
Data Consumption (in GB per subscriber per month)

1120% Growth

Less than 0.80 GB9.77 GB

As for the comparison, India had just 251.59 million internet subscribers back in 2014, however, the number saw an increase of 165% and reached 665.31 in 2019. Mobile subscribers were just 907.42 in 2014 and it has been increased to 1173.75 in 2019.

The data usage saw a drastic increase since 2016, especially after the entry of Reliance Jio to the Indian telecom market. For example, before Reliance Jio, the average per GB price was Rs 205, however, it’s now less than Rs 5 with the long-term tariff plans. In the coming days, the data consumption in India will only increase, even if telcos hike the tariff prices. Reliance Jio is still offering 1.5GB data per day for 28 days under Rs 200, so consumers are still going to recharge the pack and continue using the data benefit for a month.

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This is the biggest joke. Firstly, they keep moving “Broadband for all villages” target every year. Secondly, whats the point when government block internet access for an entire region for months in name of suppressing unrest.

Truth Hurts

It’s for security reasons. These extremists take full advantage of internet to start riots, show fake image and disturb the peace. There’s a good reason for kashmir and Assam being most unstable part of india and i think you know the truth better than me.


@Truth Hurts, should have given them few tubes of burnol too. It’s hard to get nowadays you know because it went out of stock in May due to high demand by these people.
BTW guys I’m also from IT cell. Government paid me by gifting a 1 year jio recharge


@karan I guess they are out of burnol stock. Guess everything was used up in Maharashtra.


@tom When you see someone’s ID has ‘truth’, you know the IT cell trolls are here.

Sarcastically Yours

@all When you see someone’s ID has ‘dragon’, you know the anti-indian terrorist supporting chinese d0*s are here.


@ Tom @ dragonmonk You just want your internet han? On the cost of national security. Did any of your family member gave life for the country. Did they were the target of stone pelters or shot by AKs. I have lost my uncle, Shaheed Hari Om and i have friends in army who face stone pelters and grenade attacks on day to day basis. Even after AKs, stones or grenades, internet is their favourite weapon of choice. Because of internet they can gather people in matter of minutes or they can share some fake videos with the rest of… Read more »


@sumit Here’s what a great person had to say about Liberty and Safety:

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


@ dragonmonk Great person who owned slaves. Your “Great Person” used to run a actual slave business. LOL. Now how many quotes do you want me to give of Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Hitler etc. Fully utilise your single brain cell before posting these quotes of shameful people. And Mr. Einstein you tell me how you would handle the situation where thousands of people are ready to start violence, just waiting for the order. Whatsapp groups are always their choice. From last few decades there are over 300 incidents every year just in kashmir valley, not in peaceful area of Leh… Read more »

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

No wonder China is under a dictatorship.


This is Jio 250Mbps plan. Untill today I used to get 96Mbps on preview offer and now after choosing 250Mbps plan I am getting 75Mbps max and Upload 24Mbps.

I would recommend go for any other operator instead of Jio.


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