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BD redefines broadband while LK sets cruise control

Bangladesh has raised its broadband bar from 128 Kbps to 1 Mbps, said a press report. Time will answer if it’s a political statement or an official roadmap. But the government’s prejudice on technology is alarming.

The whole country should be connected through optical fibre cable. We want to provide broadband to all corners of the country, and it is very much possible.

However, BTRC chairman Bose said wireless technology such as 3G (3rd generation mobile service), WiMax and WiFi will also have to be availed to provide broadband to the end users.

Meanwhile, the regulator in Sri Lanka has decided to monitor the broadband speed, said TeleGeography.

According to the watchdog, mobile broadband speeds must not drop below 70% of the level advertised by fixed line operators, and below 30% of the level advertised by mobile broadband providers.

It’s worth mentioning that the draft QoS guideline has been catching dust for nearly five years in Bangladesh.

1 Comment to BD redefines broadband while LK sets cruise control

  1. Rohan Samarajiva's Gravatar Rohan Samarajiva
    December 20, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Relevant excerpt from LIRNEasia’s comments on the draft Indian NTP:

    “It is noteworthy that the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission has declined to define broadband in terms of single quantitative metric. Leaving that aside, there is a wide gap between what are advertised as broadband download speeds and what are actually delivered. It seems rather futile to increase the theoretical definition of broadband without addressing the gap between advertised and delivered. Further, the reduction of broadband to the one metric of download speed is questionable when other aspects such as latency have a powerful effect on the user experience. NTP-11 should contain a commitment to set up a comprehensive system to regularly measure and publish actual delivery across the country in multiple locations. This publicity, combined with robust competition, will deliver better user experiences than the proposed increase in a theoretical definition that has little connection with what users actually experience. LIRNEasia research on the subject is at http://lirneasia.net/projects/2010-12-research-program/indicators-continued/benchmarks/.

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