India’s Grand Internet Ambitions

By Craig Buckler

Indian InternetIndia has an ambitious plan. The Government intends to roll out broadband internet access to all 630,000 towns and villages, no matter how remote they may be. They hope it will improve education and health services across the country.

The schedule is incredibly tight. They believe that every village with a population of more than 300 people can be connected by May 2012. You should note that only 7.2 million people in the country currently have broadband access and only 14% of people outside major cities have a mobile phone.

However, a successful trial of WiMAX in Guwahati has exceeded expectations. Government officials think the technology could be ideal for remote regions since it permits internet access within a 10-mile radius of a central mast. The north-eastern state of Assam will also be the first to receive high-speed fibre-optic cables.

If the plan works, it will spark a massive increase in the number of active internet users. An estimated 1.8 billion people currently use the internet whereas India has a population of 1.2 billion.

I also hope that the Indian Government has considered that the free IPv4 address pool has dropped below 10%. It looks as though IPv6-day may be required sooner rather than later.

Let’s hope their plan is successful. However, speeds are not likely to be particularly fast on day 1. It’s another good reason to keep your page weight down.

Can India implement their internet plan within 2 years?

  • Vidit Kothari

    News on Indian technical ongoings in; Then it has to be true then.

    But I being an Indian would say that progress in India is very slow, avg BB users have just 256kbps bandwidth speed. :(


    the summary of this article on the front page says “Could India provide broadband access to its 1.2 million people within two years?”

    Should be 1.2 billion!

  • I wonder how much extra web-dev/SEO-related spam I’ll get when this plan is complete?

  • W2ttsy

    perhaps the indian government should focus on the many other inadequacies that the country has. Proper health, education and living would be a good start… Slumdog kids begging for change arent going to use this internet service, but they do need a home and a healthy chance at a decent life… Internet isnt going to give them that.

    Australians are already suffering this sort of leadership, where “technological advancement” is a cheaper way to get votes than health reform or education legislation.

  • sassi67

    At least India’s politicians have a dream.

  • @Tyssen Don’t you think that in a knowledge based economy internet access will improve those peoples’ chances of getting a job/making a (better) living?
    Because to me your it seems you’re sayin’g they shouldn’t invest in knowledge/awareness because there are poor people.

  • Anonymous

    No kidding, it is bad enough were competing with ourselves for jobs, but it is even worst when under paid workers in India is trying to take over the American market. If were lucky its just a rumor.

  • W2ttsy

    peach, having the internet doesnt suddenly make you a doctor or a lawyer or any other professional. Instead it gives the people Tyssen is referring to even more of a network to peddle their wares…

    The US led “outsourcing” campaigns in the early to mid 00s bred half these people (through training/infrastructure spending) and then when the work dried up there was nothing left but for them to sell to the common consumer. The only issue is, there was no market research done and the result is 40 emails a day from “Web/SEO professionals” asking if they can code my site for cheap dollars.

    This is the indian version of “work from home as a survey taker, earn $25 p/h” ads that pop up in many a website and western newspaper.

  • @Anonymous

    India is trying to take over the American market

    It’s called capitalism. Besides, 1.2 billion additional people on the net will (eventually) bring further revenue opportunities for everyone.

  • roameri


    India is trying to take over the American market.

    Girl !!!
    Boy !!!
    That’s a good one.
    Indians are always POPO i.e. Pi**ed Over and Passed Over.
    We are soft and do not want to capture any market.
    We are trying to get back our own territory from our reighbours and just but have not taken an inch back in over 60 years.
    India just keeps rollin” on.
    Cheers !!!

  • 7.2 million people in India have broadband access. Half are Dell technical support.

  • I wonder how much extra web-dev/SEO-related spam I’ll get when this plan is complete?

    Because to me your it seems you’re sayin’g they shouldn’t invest in knowledge/awareness because there are poor people.

    Look at these two quotes side by side. Where in my quote does it say the Indian Government shouldn’t invest because there are poor people? It doesn’t. You’re living in a fantasy land if you think it does.

  • On an unrelated noted, has anyone noticed what the new blog layout is doing to this page with the main image and ad running side by side? Doesn’t look too good.

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