It’s a good document to understand the broadband scenario in India, challenges and opportunities. Consultation paper provides good information on current status of broadband in India, Backhaul Links, National Backbone Network, Internet Exchange Points, Demand side issues and implementation and policy related issues. Paper also covers international examples as well. TRAI seek response from all stakeholders including consumers on the following issues.
Issues raised in the consultation paper (available at http://trai.gov.in/Content/ConDis/10731_11.aspx ) are as under:
Q1. What immediate measures are required to promote wireline technologies in access networks? What is the cost per line for various wireline technologies and how can this cost be minimised? Please reply separately for each technology.
Q2. What are the impediments to the deployment of wireless technologies in the access network? How can these deployments be made faster? Please reply separately for each technology.
Q3. The recommendations of the Authority on Microwave backhaul have been recently released. Are there any other issues which need to be addressed to ensure availability of sufficient Microwave backhaul capacity for the growth of broadband in the country?
Q4. The pricing of Domestic Leased Circuits (DLC) have been reviewed in July 2014. Apart from pricing, are there any other issues which can improve availability of DLC?
Q5. What are the specific reasons that ISPs are proactively not connecting with NIXI? What measures are required so that all ISPs are connected to the NIXI?
Q6. Would the hosting of content within the country help in reduction of the cost of broadband to a subscriber? If yes, what measures are required to encourage content service providers to host content in the data centre situated within India?
Q7. Are PSUs ideal choices for implementing the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project?
Q8. Should awarding of EPC turnkey contracts to private sector parties through International Competitive Bidding (ICB) be considered for the NOFN project?
Q9. Are there any ways in which infrastructure development costs can be reduced? Is it possible to piggyback on the existing private sector access networks so as to minimize costs in reaching remote rural locations?
Q10. What can the private sector do to reduce delivery costs? Please provide specific examples.
Q11. What are the major issues in obtaining right of way for laying optical fibre? What are the applicable charges/ constraints imposed by various bodies who grant permission of right of way? In your opinion what is the feasible solution? 71
Q12. Should the Government consider framing guidelines to mandate compulsory deployment of duct space for fibre/ telecommunications cables and space for telecommunication towers in all major physical infrastructure construction projects such as building or upgrading highways, inner-city metros, railways or sewer networks?
Q13. What are the impediments to the provision of Broadband by Cable operators? Please suggest measures (including policy changes) to be taken for promoting broadband through the cable network.
Q14. What measures are required to reduce the cost and create a proper eco system for deployment of FTTH in the access network?
Q15. Are there any regulatory issues in providing internet facility through Wi-Fi Hotspots? What are the reasons that installation of Wi-Fi hotspots has not picked up in the country? What type of business model needs to be adopted to create more Wi-Fi hotspots?
Q16. What are other spectrum bands which can be unlicensed for usage of Wi-Fi technology or any other technology for provision of broadband?
Q17. How much spectrum will be required in the immediate future and in the long term to meet the target of broadband penetration? What initiatives are required to make available the required spectrum?
Q18. Are there any other spectrum bands apart from the ones mentioned in Chapter-2 to be identified for provision of wireless broadband services?
Q19. What are the measures required to encourage Government agencies to surrender spectrum occupied by them in IMT bands?
Q20. What should be the time frame for auctioning the spectrum in 700 MHz band?
Q21. Do you agree with the demand side issues discussed in Chapter 5 and Chapter 6? How these issues can be addressed? Please also indicate any other demand side issues which are not covered in the CP.
Q22. Please give your comments on any related matter, not covered above
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