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1.48 mn subs getting broadband via cable TV network: Manoj Sinha

NEW DELHI: A total of 14,75,228 subscribers were being provided broadband internet on cable TV network as on 31 December 2016, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications Manoj Sinha said in the Lok Sabha.

Sinha also said that the government was examining various issues related to facilitating broadband service through cable TV infrastructure.

Answering a question about providing broadband via cable TV network, Sinha said that telecom service providers were free to provide broadband services through any media such as optical fibre cable, copper cable, cable TV network and wireless depending on techno-commercial feasibility.

Sinha further added that BharatNet was planned to create network infrastructure for providing 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to all gram panchayats (approx. 2,50,000) in the country in two phases. The target is to cover 1,00,000 GPs in Phase I and the balance 1,50,000 in Phase II.

Through various auctions conducted for the sale of spectrum between 2012 and 2016, a total of 1893.75 MHz of spectrum had been allotted to telecom service providers, which could also be used for provision of wireless broadband, the minister noted.