Making broadband affordable for all

As per studies conducted, broadband provided through licensed spectrum is at present unaffordable for 61% of the world's population, and naturally for a much higher percentage in India. Since it is important that broadband reaches the masses, innovative allocation methodologies suggested above for additional incremental spectrum will have to be considered and implemented. Only then will we be able to serve them with much needed value-added services and applications for their lifestyles, resulting in overall societal welfare.

The author is former disinvestment secretary, power, and chairman, Trai. He can be contacted at

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