The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has notified that the minimum broadband speed has been raised to 512 kilo bytes per second (kbps) from the earlier 256 kbps.

The amendment has been made to the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal Regulations, 2012, and the regulations will be called the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2014, TRAI said in the notification.

Accordingly, the new definition of broadband is “a data connection that is able to support interactive services including internet access and has the capability of minimum download speed of 512 kbps to an individual subscriber from the point of presence (POP) of the service provider intending to provide broadband service“.

The regulations will come into force after publication in the official gazette, it added.

The Department of Telecommunications had revised the broadband speed in consonance of the National Telecom Policy 2012 and TRAI, the regulator said. According to National Telecom Policy 2012, the government aims to raise the broadband download speed of to 512 kbps from 256 kbps,and subsequently to 2 Mbps by 2015.

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