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Government to Implement Time Bound Policy for Broadband Rollout

       Government to Implement Time Bound Policy for Broadband Rollout

  PR Newswire

  NEW DELHI, November 28, 2013

NEW DELHI, November 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Broadband Tech India 2013, the 10 ^th International Conference was inaugurated
today by Shri N Ravi Shanker, IAS, Administrator (USOF), Department of
Telecommunications & CMD, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd.

During his inauguration speech, Shri Shanker said, "The Government of India is
committed to a time bound rollout of broadband network up-to every Gram
Panchayat numbering about 250,000. What is required from the industry is the
utilization of the network by providing all possible applications across the
country."

Over the past decade or so broadband has become a critical infrastructure
pre-requisite for the economic and social development of the nation. A
significant enabler to a number of businesses and is a corner-stone of digital
empowerment of the masses. In India, the drive to facilitate widespread
broadband access has been high on the national agenda for some time now.
Whereas, the Government of India has played a pivotal role in developing
broadband infrastructure in the country. The creation of the National Optical
Fiber Network (NOFN) has opened up new possibilities of development in the
Indian broadband market. The National Telecom Policy (NTP 2012), with its
'Broadband on Demand vision', has also been heralded by the industry as a step
in the right direction and is expected to add significant fillip to India's
broadband penetration and growth.

"Today, India has over 1 billion connected gadgets and hunger for connectivity
is growing at a rapid pace," said Mr. Shyam P Mardikar, Chief - Strategy,
Architecture & Engineering, Bharti Airtel Ltd.

While speaking during the day long deliberations Mr. Vijay Jain, Chief
Operating Officer & Director, Telecom Infrastructure Business, Sterlite
Networks Limited said, "Capacityand coverage are going to define the
experience of broadband, to end user in an under-served market.Due to high
cost of deploymentand limited data carrying capacity of copper based network,
fiber is having a clear cut advantage & is future ready."Sterlite Networks
Ltd. (SNL), is the first organized private player in the country to have
undertaken a project of mass roll out of Fiber connected homes. SNL presently
has the largest base of FTTx homes of 100,000 with over more the 20,000
subscribers.

During his welcome speech, Managing Director, Bharat Exhibitions Mr. Shashi
Dharan said that broadband has significant potential to facilitate economic
and social development, especially in rural India, where broadband
connectivity is expected to play a crucial role in empowering the masses.
Addressing the above-mentioned issues could result in achieving greater
traction in the Indian broadband market.

About Bharat Exhibitions:

In a world where technology is erasing borders, it is indeed ironical that
professionals find it increasingly difficult to maintain peer to peer contact
on regular basis. Bharat Exhibitions fills in this space by managing and
hosting some of India's premier Telecom & IT events. The company owns niche
and prestigious conference properties in the new generation technology arena
such as VAS Asia, LTE India, Green Energy India, Broadband Tech India, Cloud
Computing India, Data Centre India, Mobile Payment India etc. We have a simple
mission: Establish & deliver contacts that create value for your business.

For further details,pleasevisit http://www.bharatexhibitions.com

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