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India joins the race in Gigabit broadband adoption, but challenges still persist. Here’s why.

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Published: 2020-02-28

As per InfoCom’s fixed broadband monitoring in the Rest of World region, India already registered nearly 15m subscriptions as of 3Q19 - up only by around 2% YoY. The growth was pivoted mainly by FTTP (FTTH/FTTB) subscriptions at the expense of xDSL and cable broadband, following active promotions of high-speed broadband services alongside the launch of a new operator during the period. In September 2019, Jio (Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.), which was originally involved in mobile services, diversified its offerings by launching Gigabit FTTH services to initially 1 600 urban areas in the country. The said launch is seen to pose further challenge to other major providers such as BSNL and Bharti Airtel who are likewise offering FTTP services in many locations.

While the country is experiencing significant growth in fibre broadband (+65% YoY), India’s household penetration is still considered very low relative to other markets monitored by InfoCom. At only around 5%, India still lags behind compared with markets of similar size such as China which already claims to have covered nearly all of its households with fixed broadband. As per InfoCom’s analysis, spotty network coverage (mostly urban areas) and preference on mobile services over fixed (due to easier accessibility and lower cost), are still the main culprits for the sluggish fixed broadband growth - Click here to find out more information about this report.

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Published: 2020-02-28





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