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DTH broadband on the cards

Submitted by Karthik on 29 November, 2005 - 20:30

Considering the poor uptake of broadband in India, the TRAI is now pushing DTH providers to enter the broadband segment. There are apparently close to 1 million DTH users in India primarily in rural/remote areas, who will benefit from this service.

However, considering that this is a one-way service, wherein the satellite only provides the downstream, it is unclear how these providers are planning on managing the upstream transfer. Dial-up will very likely be prohibitively expensive and inevitably unreliable.

On a related note, Hughes India's DirecWay service has been available in India for a while now, and also offers two-way satellite services [both the up and downstream are managed by the satellite]. Other players such as the recently launched ThaiCom IPStar service also have a presence in India.

Full story: Economic Times.