Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources

Content / Applications

Content over broadband is the driver of diffusion. Various over the top services are there to cater to the need of the users.  The regulators should take initiatives so that the content gets higher visibility, and the content that aid the public in general get more popularity along with ensuring competition among the content providers. There should be legal frameworks that ensures freedom of opinion and expression regardless of frontiers. The regulators also need to decide on what type of content needs to be regulated. Countries have different social, cultural and moral traditions, which normally guide the legislation and prohibit certain content to be distributed widely. Issues include protection of minors, prevention of vices, protection of national security etc. Along with that, regulators also need to oversee the issues related to violation of intellectual property.

Open Gov Data is a new emerging trend, for driving Internet/ mobile use. It is expected that if government data is open, developers can create useful applications which would increase Internet/ mobile use.

“Around 50 million Indians will have smartphones by the year 2013.” according to Gulzar Azad, Head of Access, Google India.  He also highlighted the rapidly growing e-commerce market in India and says consumers are swiftly turning to e-commerce sites to buy bus tickets, air tickets and for hotel reservation. Generating useful content, in the local languages is one way of increasing Broadband penetration in India.

This report highlights the current status of the Indian App Ecosystem and how it can be improved.




Content over Broadband – The delivery of content, mostly as video, over broadband is one of the key drivers of demand for broadband over fixed lines and by wireless. This link contains challenges faced by regulators to ensure sufficient interesting content, freedom of expression, regulating specific forms of content and Intellectual Property Rights.

Regulating ‘Over-the-Top’ OTT Services – OTT services are enabled by the de-layering of the industry. This link gives an overview of Policy Issues, Key Concepts, VoIT and other OTT Services.


Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

Digital rights under threat in Africa

Russia’s Ban on LinkedIn Reflects Global Decline of Internet Freedom

Future of internet to depend on bringing more regional language users online

Internet was less free in 2015 – Internet freedom around the world declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools.

When people adopt broadband in their everyday lives? – This study shows that ‘the successful deployment and adoption of broadband networks depends on the creation, adoption, and use of applications that improve workflows and outputs for individuals, institutions, and businesses and justify increasing connection speeds beyond current levels’.

Launch Decisions and the Early Market Survival of Innovations: An Empirical Analysis of the Italian Mobile Value-Added Services (VAS) Industry – This paper aims to extend new product launch research by studying how tactical launch decisions  interact with an important strategic choice to affect new product performance.

DOT what? The surprisingly interesting history of the internet domain system

Minister of Communications says “gh domain” is critical for Ghana’s digital presence”

Country Studies

Open data in Sri Lanka – This page provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the  Government of Sri Lanka. We encourage all users to improve government information by using it to develop tools and applications which benefit all Sri Lankans.

E-Government Success Stories from around the world – Governments around the world have embraced the internet as a means of mainstreaming public policy decisions, practices and processes, while providing citizens with greater and easier access to government services. This link gives e-government implementation success stories from countries including India, Japan, South America etc.

People’s use of broadband and subsequent policy change – Chinese people had started using Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Little Smart (xiao lingtong) personal hand phone service illegally and became ubiquitous. Later the wider use forced the Chinese government to amend the legislation in permitting the VOIP usage in making cheap long distance calls.