The minimum broadband speed in India is 2 Mbps. The minimum speed for broadband recognition was updated by a notification from the DoT (Department of Telecommunications) earlier this year from 512 Kbps to 2 Mbps. Much recently, in the United States of America, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, has proposed 100 Mbps as the minimum broadband speed in the country. That’s a stark difference in minimum broadband speeds between India and the USA.
Let’s see some possible effects of increasing the minimum broadband speed to 100 Mbps in a country.
Effects of Increasing the Minimum Broadband Speed to 100 Mbps
Before we dive into the possible effects of increasing the minimum broadband speed to 100 Mbps in any country, let’s take a minute to look at why it might be really hard to do so in India. First of all, it would require that the telcos and the internet service providers spend a lot of their money to get a lot less in return. What this means is that the tariffs in India are pretty low compared to the global standard, which is a good thing for the proliferation of the Internet as many from different classes of societies can use it, but it is bad for the business of the telecom industry.
Now let’s see what are the positives of increasing the minimum broadband speed to 100 Mbps:
Faster Internet Access - This would be the most basic advantage. Faster internet speeds are always welcomed as internet applications become heavier and more demanding to use.
Support for Emerging Tech - There is a lot of tech, such as AI, AR, VR, and other IoT (Internet of Things) products and more, that require large bandwidths. Faster internet speeds would be a great support for emerging tech.
Environmental Impact - Yes, increasing minimum broadband speeds to 100 Mbps can have a positive environmental impact as well. Faster internet speeds can enable technologies that promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as remote monitoring and control systems for energy consumption in homes and businesses.
Better Entertainment - Most of our daily entertainment now comes from the internet and its applications. So the better the speeds, the better the experience, as simple as that.
Faster E-Commerce Growth - There are a lot of e-commerce businesses operating globally. This also includes startups, which are vital for a nation’s economy. Thus, faster internet speeds would directly mean a boost for e-commerce businesses as people would be easily able to access internet platforms. This can also mean a great thing for the economy.
This list of possible benefits is not exhaustive. There are several more benefits. What do you think about the minimum broadband speeds going to 100 Mbps as proposed by the FCC Chairwoman in the USA, and do you think it can be replicated in India anytime soon?