Subba’s Serendipitous moments

October 16, 2009

Will India ever emulate Finland?

I moaned about the state of broadband in India here. Based on some more research I found that the performance of broadband even in metros are poor. Reliability is an issue, committed performance are not delivered, and getting premium performance to test high bandwidth applications is impossible.

Let’s see Finland which has a small population, but has always had a strong, liberal telecom sector.

Finland introduced laws which guarantee broadband to every resident living in the country. This is the first such guarantee anywhere in the world. Starting July 2010, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection as an intermediate step, says the Ministry of Transport and Communications. By the end of 2015, the legal right will be extended to an impressive 100 Mb broadband connection for everyone.

Will India ever introduce such a guarantee? It would be mind boggling to see what the innovative entrepreneurial Indians will do with powerful broadband access!

We could just catapult to world stage as Korea did in this decade and the way China is poised to do in the next decade. And honestly, I don’t understand what’s holding them back!


  1. It is a nice thought to see India emulate Finland in this matter.
    but in reality, I think it would require enormous bandwidth to cater to our huge population. It is going to take years to reach such a state and for us to be able to provide such a gaurantee. But let’s keep our fingers crossed.

    Comment by vijayvmail — October 25, 2009 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

  2. +1 to this.
    Most people in India don’t seem to realize the importance of broadband. When I moved here, I signed up for the fastest unlimited plan at Rs.3000/month for 2Mbps($65). Everybody here was like – would any idiot pay this high for Internet. I had to convince them that I will rather go hungry of food, than hungry of bits. People don’t realize the value of what high bandwidth has to offer. Since not enough common people signup for faster services, the accounts are skewedup towards high users leading to increased costs for bandwidth providers. Like insurance, you need healthy people to lower the premium for everybody you need common people to signup to reduce avg.bandwidth costs. India must get all middle class under high bandwidth.

    Comment by econjournal — January 7, 2010 @ 2:20 am | Reply

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