Daily Intake of Fibre: Internet Speeds in India

Internet services in India need a lot of improvement, even in the main cities. The speeds are poor and the service is not consistent.

Times of India reports that Vedanta group company Sterlite Technologies, which is rolling out a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the country, has signed partnership deals with mobile carriers Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservices, and Internet service provider Spectranet, according to people aware of the development. The Pune-based company has kept its network-ready fibre infrastructure open to allow service operators to plug in and play their services on a revenue sharing basis. Sterlite Technologies refused to reveal the project cost, but said the ongoing programme is self-funded.

Its chief executive Anand Agarwal told ET that the company is open to multiple partnerships for its FTTH network. "We are the largest FTTH service provider in the country and the project is fully funded by us," Agarwal said, adding that telcos and Internet service providers use the company's fibre-based network to serve their customers. The company has so far enabled more than 165,000 fibre-connected homes across six major cities — Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad -- and has over 50,000 active subscribers, as a part of pilot programme. "Bharti Airtel is one of the telecom operators involved in this initiative, which is yet to gain scale," a spokesperson for India's No. 1 telco said. ET's emailed query to Tata Teleservices did not elicit any response till the time of going to press. Spectranet couldn't be reached for comment.

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