India needs to step up its efforts to create a national fibre optic network. The success of ‘Digital India’ depends on this
India’s dash towards a digital future is stumbling on the lack of infrastructure. Although the country has the world’s third highest number of internet users, the quality of access is abysmal. According to a report released recently by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India ranks a poor 125th in penetration of fixed line broadband, well below even South Asian neighbours such as Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Wireless broadband, which has led to the spurt in users, isn’t much better, with India coming in 113th in the world.