India might be the third-biggest nation in the world in terms of its online population with a lot of technological growth potential, but companies like Google are having a tough time here due to poor infrastructure and government policies, Financial Times reports. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
Rajan Anandan, Google’s MD says, “The single biggest constraint to the growth of the Internet in India is bandwidth. It’s patchy. You don’t have a lot of speed. It is very, very important that we solve the bandwidth infrastructure problems. That is priority number one, two, three and four,” he said. Also Read - Airtel gains most mobile subscribers in January 2021 when compared to Jio, Vi: TRAI
Anandan also blames the 3G network in India and says that it hasn’t lived up to its promises and that the blame should be shared between the government and the telecom companies. “India has an unbelievable appetite for the Internet. 3G hasn’t lived up to its promise and I think both the government and the industry, which is primarily the carriers, have a lot of work to do,” Anandan says.
According to TRAI, India’s subscriber base recently crossed the 15 million mark and at the end of March of this year there were 15.05 million broadband users being offered Internet by around 161 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. However, TRAI classifies any Internet connection upwards of 256Kbps speed as broadband. India’s broadband subscription base has only grown by 9 percent in the past one year, according to figures provided by the regulator.