Broadband Policy in India: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

Economic & Political Weekly

16 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2010 Last revised: 22 Oct 2013

Date Written: July 12, 2010


In some technology sectors in India, particularly in software services, public policies and private initiative have yielded rapid growth and good private and social returns. But this has not been true for the case of the Internet, more so for broadband. There is strong belief among technologists and policymakers that broadband stimulates economic growth. That being so, it is puzzling as to why broadband adoption in India is and remains low, even falling short of modest official projections by half. This paper makes the case for information-driven policymaking by summarizing the current state of knowledge in this area and arguing that (a) we do not have a good understanding of the drivers and economic effects of broadband in India, and (b) this lack of understanding is largely due to the absence of a systematic way of monitoring the technological pulse of the nation.

Keywords: India, Broadband, ICT, Policy

JEL Classification: L86, L96, L98, O25

Suggested Citation

Chaudhuri, Anindya, Broadband Policy in India: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? (July 12, 2010). Economic & Political Weekly, Available at SSRN: or

Anindya Chaudhuri (Contact Author)

Global Development Network ( email )

New Delhi, New Delhi

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