Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources

Tariff Regulation

Broadband Tariff Regulation Score has improved from 2.8 to 3.1. The results show that the TRE for Tariff Regulation was the best performing dimension in India for the third time in succession. Though the regulator has forborne from tariff setting, various regulations have been passed in the recent times to address the tariff concerns, the most important being the regulator slashing of roaming rates as the operators seemed to be exploiting some market power. Although broadband penetration is low in India, the entry level tariff for broadband services has come down drastically from Rs. 500 a month in 2004 to Rs. 200 a month in 2007. Most of the providers are charging broadband monthly rental between Rs. 200 to Rs. 1600 and providing various options for data transfer.