Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson said that the investments in broadband need to be encouraged and facilitated to ensure the benefits of broadband to business and society under the government’s Digital India initiative.
"Mobile Broadband will be the platform on which the ‘Digital India’ vision can be delivered. Wide deployment, availability and affordability of broadband will enable the country to bridge the digital divide and facilitate economic growth," Chris Houghton, head of region at Ericsson said at a joint seminar organised by Ericsson and COAI.
Houghton said that operators would require access to more spectrum to fulfill the Indian government’s vision for broadband inspired growth. "The Broadband infrastructure in the country needs to be expanded to offer superior coverage, quality and capacity," he added.
Mobile broadband has become a platform for innovation which is creating new revenue streams. To achieve high level of broadband penetration and deliver the benefits of digitalisation, additional spectrum would need to be made available in India, Ericsson said in a statement.
The company said that broadband is the basic resource required for building efficient networks able to serve large numbers of subscribers generating large amounts of traffic. "India must think long term in terms of laying out its National broadband policy so that supply side constraints are managed in such a manner that 600 Million broadband subscribers can be serviced by the Year 2020," the statement added.
COAI’s director general, Rajan Mattews also said that the policy framework must ensure that operators are encouraged and have business case to invest in the networks so that services like commerce, banking, education, health and entertainment can be reliably delivered to large masses of India.
"Even as a policy of minimal regulations is encouraged to ensure innovation, consistency in policy is a necessary building block to encourage investment by operators," Ulf Pehrsson, Global Head – Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson, said.