The future prospects of Broadband Technologies seem to be really bright with TRAI recently submitting its recommendations to the govt. on this issue. With players MTNL and Bharti already providing these services in Delhi, giants like BSNL gearing up for the next revolution by setting up its new countrywide Internet backbone (project NIB - II) and not to forget Reliance Infocomm, which has been really pushing Broadband like anything.
There are three popular technologies for providing broadband access:
: - DSL
: - Cable TV Access
: - FTH (Fiber to Home)
While the most popular technology in the US is Cable TV access (74% share), I will put my money on a technology like DSL in India. Reason: this technology uses the existing copper wire infrastructure (yes our telephone lines) and is ideally suited for providing services like Video on Demand (through its ADSL capability). Also Cable TV networks in India have been set up in a very haphazard and unplanned way. Setting up special FTH is only feasible only for corporates as it requires very heavy investment on the part of the service provider.
As far as market share goes, biggies like BSNL and Reliance (obviously will have better marketing than BSNL) will be the main players in the country. Infrastructure would be setup by companies like Siemens, Ericsson, Motorola and Alcatel. Small players can think of being content providers by tying up with media companies (digitizing the movies into MPEGs, etc.).
All in all, Broadband is going to be the third big thing first two being internet and mobile revolutions.
Hope this mail has thrown some light on the upcoming broadband revolution.
Bye and take careā¦