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TRAI to conduct 5 annual surveys on adoption of broadband in India; invites EoIs

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has invited
expression of interest (EoI) from a research agency for a five-year project to
conduct annual surveys on adoption of broadband in India. “Telecom
regulator intends to engage an agency or institution or consortium of two
agencies or institutions to conduct annual survey on adoption of broadband in
the country. This project will involve five annual surveys for five

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has invited
expression of interest (EoI) from a research agency for a five-year project to
conduct annual surveys on adoption of broadband in India. “Telecom
regulator intends to engage an agency or institution or consortium of two
agencies or institutions to conduct annual survey on adoption of broadband in
the country. This project will involve five annual surveys for five
years,” Trai has said in a statement. The last date for filing in bids is
August 8, 2011.

Capturing systematic, authentic data on adoption and usage
pattern of internet and broadband services in the country would include
following parameters like number of fixed internet users per 100 people, the
average number of users per internet connection or subscription and proportion
of broadband users having different data download speeds.

According to TRAI, the present number of broadband
subscribers only indicates individual connections without throwing any light on
the actual number of users accessing the broadband services and usage pattern
of broadband services along with hindrances and barriers to adoption and usage
of broadband. “In the context of increasing importance of broadband in
promoting economic development and social benefits, there has been a trend
across the countries to gather systematic data on adoption and penetration of
broadband services,” TRAI added.

“In view of the present limitations in
terms of availability of data on adoption of broadband and barriers in its
adoption, there is a need to have better information about broadband demand.
This will be helpful in raising awareness about the usefulness of
broadband,” TRAI said.

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