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News Minimum broadband speed is set to 2Mbps

Tired of poor broadband speeds and painfully slow downloads? That's about to change soon, with the government looking to mandate a four-fold increase in the minimum broadband speed — from 512 kbps (kilobits per second) to 2 mbps (megabits per second).

"I propose to take up the matter with the communications ministry," IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told TOI. "We will consider laying down a policy for increasing the minimum broadband speed from the current levels."

The thriving start-up eco-system across the country and delivery of a variety of consumer services through mobile phone apps, including online retail, taxis and social media, are among the reasons that have led to the push for upgrading the minimum internet speed on wire and wireless networks.

The last time minimum internet speed was revised was in August 2014 when it was doubled from 256 kbps to 512 kbps. Experts and industry analysts say that the present speed is "abysmally slow".

Prasad said that he expected telecom operators across the country to "appreciate" the move, which will now be taken up with the various stakeholders.

Telecom operators in the country are moving to 4G services that promise data speeds in excess of 10 mpbs. The migration to 4G is happening at a time when prices of smartphones handsets are at their lowest levels, with a 4G device being available for Rs 3,000.

Minimum broadband speed set to zoom 4-fold to 2 mpbs | ET Telecom


Core Member
Good that the minimum speed has been increased to 2 mbps users will be happy


EntMnt Regular
EntMnt Regular
But just few days back Bsnl already increased minimum speed to 1Mbps frm 512 kbps.

Prateek Marwadi

EntMnt Rockers
Finest Member
minimum speed of 2 mbps can't be possible.
Govt. first increase the minimum speed upto 1 mbps.

they took a lot of time to make minimum speed from 256 kbps to 512 kbps


EntMnt Regular
EntMnt Regular
Prateek Marwadi vikassm73 Bsnl already have increased minimum broadband speed post FUP to 1mbps frm 1st August. Now they r again increasing to 2mbps post FUP.