Indian broadband market worth US$4 billion by 2004

Arthur Andersen estimates that broadband market in India would touch US$4billion by 2004 if the government provided a strong regulatory environment andresolved the right of way issues.NEW DELHI, July 11 Asia Pulse - The broadband market in India would touchUS$4 billion by 2004 if the government provided a strong regulatory environmentand resolved the right of way issues, according to the latest study byconsultancy firm Arthur Andersen.

Arthur Andersen estimates that broadband market in India would touch US$4 billion by 2004 if the government provided a strong regulatory environment and resolved the right of way issues.

NEW DELHI, July 11 Asia Pulse - The broadband market in India would touch US$4 billion by 2004 if the government provided a strong regulatory environment and resolved the right of way issues, according to the latest study by consultancy firm Arthur Andersen.

"The broadband market which is yet to take off in a big way in the country could offer opportunity worth US$3 billion to US$4 billion by 2004, if government provides a conducive environment for Internet and telecom proliferation in the country," it said. The study further said that the market, pegged at US$1 billion in 1999-2000, could increase only if the government sorted out various issues related to fair inter-connectivity regime and resolution of right of way, thus providing a strong regulatory environment for telecom and infotech players to operate.

"It is time for action for government to implement the intentions of New telecom Policy (NTP) 1999, otherwise we would be left behind in the fast moving new economic environment," it said. Other issue identified by the firm include international bandwidth availability, bringing down the cost of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable modems and facilitation of last mile technologies.

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