Broadband users of nine Indian cities will be soon having access to ultra-fast download speeds up to 1Gbps, says telecom infrastructure firm Radius Infratel. The company expects the high speed broadband will be available for users by mid-2013.
"In the next 6-9 months, world class 1,000 Mbps or 1 Gbps (Gigabits per second) plans will be available in India to residential consumers. On connections like these, the same two hour HD movie will download in 30 seconds," Radius Infratel CEO Rajnish Wahi is quoted as saying. At average broadband speeds, the same content takes more than an hour for full download.
Declining to divulge the names of the service providers or areas where the ultra high-speed plans will be first launch, Wahi said that the discussions are underway, while the deployment work is about to be completed in Gurgaon. Radius, Wahi added, has teamed up with real estate developers, including DLF, Unitech, Emaar MGF, Ansal, Mantri, Vipul, ATS, Omaxe, Vipul, M3M, Paramount and Prateek for fibre optic network that will provide high-speed broadband services in projects undertaken by them.
"Radius network is already available in or near 3 lakh homes and is live in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida, Indirapuram (Ghaziabad). The network will soon be available in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and Chandigarh," Executive Director of Radius Infratel, Kuldeep Goyal is quoted as saying.
It's notable that Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservice provide 100Mbps plans for users that cost up to Rs. 5,000 per month. State-run telecom operator MTNL offers fiber to the home FTTH plans. One of its plans, Fibre Thrill 2590, features 20Mbps download speeds at a monthly rental of Rs. 2,590, and free 150GB of data. Airtel recently launched its FTTH services in Delhi NCR. The Fibrenet 175GB plan features 100Mbps speed for a data transfer limit of up to 175GB, and 512Kbps thereafter, for Rs 5,299.
Google earlier this year had launched its ultra-fast 1Gbps Fiber Internet and Fiber TV service in Kansas City in the U.S.
Source: Financial Express