BSNL is spending nearly Rs 2,000 crores to setup broadband infrastructure which would enhance internet speeds upto 2 megabits per second and to setup 1000 WiMAX towers to bring nearly 20,000 – 30,000 villages where copper lines are not reachable under broadband connectivity by the mid 2007.
A K Sinha, CMD of BSNL spoke on their plans: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will invest Rs 1200-1500 crores for expanding our broadband network in urban areas while about Rs 500 crores would be invested in rural areas.Ã¢â‚¬Â
BSNL would still continue to provide cheap broadband starting at Rs 250 per month ($5.6). Currently BSNL’s broadband userbase is almost 1 million strong. With greater speeds and cheaper rates they hope to expand it by another 5 million broadband users by the end of 2007.
If everything goes as planned by BSNL, year 2007 will be marked in broadband history books for Indian consumers.