Broadband Policy – There and here

When Om Malik quoted FCC Commissioner Michael Copps saying:

the biggest issue in formulating a coherent broadband strategy is the “lack of reliable government data. Until we know where we stand today, how can we possibly build the broadband future that our nation deserves?”

Whoa! That’s FCC from the US.

I feel Pakistan’s efforts towards formulating a broadband policy might not be that bad after all. The policy went through a open public commentary before being finalized. Or may be, the regulators have the same problem everywhere.

P.S: BTW, Pakistan BB Policy defines (see page 3 of the Policy Document) 128 kbps download as ‘broadband’.


7 Responses to “Broadband Policy – There and here”

  1. Shakeel Ahmad Says:

    heh, nothing new – if you read VOIP refference paper, they have quoted FCC several time ; looks stupid when they compare themselves..VOIP policy is also an interesting read.

  2. Amir Says:

    Well there is no such standardised definition of what is the broadband speed , it varies from countries to countries. If you call 128kbps broadband in the countries like South Korea, Japan, Norway you will get sued by the customer and probably you will have to answer the Telecom regulators.
    But on the other hand for the third world countries 128kbps can be called broadband I did a Google on 128kbps and found that quite a few developing countries in the world 128kbps is considered and India is one of them.

  3. Tee Emm Says:

    It is nice & logical to compare ‘broadband definition speeds’ between the countries. However, a more practical scale to see how funny or useful any of these definition is would be the ‘modern desktop requirements’.

    Consider this: An antivirus program that needs daily download of new definition files, at least two instant messengers that need to be up all the time and doing far more than just text messaging – flash winks, file transfers etc, desktop gadgets that need HTTP/XML connectivity all the time, AJAX based web 2.0 office and general applications that never let your connection sit idle, half a dozen must-see youtube clips you received from close contacts and cannot ignore, frequent automatic software upgrades from OS to applications and what not.

    So if everyone else is being stupid by defining a very low speed as broadband, we might not to follow them just because they are doing it too.

  4. Amir Says:

    The point remains there then what is broadband ? You could possibly say that connection above 256kbps can be considered as broadband. But according to UK Regulators that isn’t, they reckon that connection above 512 will be broadband.

    The thrust for the higher bandwidth is a never ending story. I can add 10s of more application in your desktop application list. But how about if you have a 512 kbps (“Broadband”) connection and around 1000 people sharing the 1.5 mbps pipe on DSLAM then what ? you will end up in having a dial up speed would you call it a Broadband ?
    When the triple play will get mature then 1.5 will not be enough then will you argue that 1.5mbps is not a broadband ?

  5. Tee Emm Says:

    Exactly my point. Broadband speeds definition needs to be dynamic and should match the contemporary desktop requirements.

    My list is not exhaustive in any way. I only tried to list the typical needs of an Internet user in 2007.

    And the contention you are mentioning is a plumbing problem. The ISP best handing the plumbing is bound to get recognized and take the market share.

    My point here is that at least in definition let us not call 128 kbps as broadband.

  6. Amir Says:

    Remember we are talking about a Policy Document, how can you adjoin a dynamic definition in a Policy Document doesn’t make sense?

    Its make no nous at all to compare the broadband definition with the desktop applications; it’s the application that pursue the speed not the other way around.

    For illustration even if I take your point as legitimate then below is my analysis for the desktop applications that I think worth discussion.

    Note we are here talking about a desktop application of a typical Pakistani Internet Surfer not a Techie.

    AnitVirus Program – > A current Pakistani user doesn’t care about Anti-viruses or if he has one installed on his machine it would be non licensed version and you won’t be able to download the latest definitions

    Do you know any one who has the licensed Norton or McAfee installed on their machine?

    Even for instance if you find some one who is so keen and has the licensed software almost 99% of the individuals has the automatic download disabled and they want to do the download during their non usage time plus a daily virus definition update stays somewhere between 256k to 1.5 (128kbps more then enough for that)

    Two instant messenger -> I agree a favourite Pakistani user application.
    But how many people use it for other then text chat, almost none.
    Very few use it for video sharing or net meeting

    Also keep in mind that these application required bandwidth in both direction even if you have a broadband ADSLconnection of 256 kbps the upload speed you gonna get is 64kbp but for an 128kbps connection provided through ISDN enable exchange you end up in having 128 in both direction.

    Conclusion:- The application will run much better on 128 ISDN then on the comparative 256k. ADSL

    Youtube -. There application are bandwidth hungry even 512 is not enough for these sort of video sharing applications.

    OS application upgrade :- what a joke how many Pakistanis have the licensed version of XP or Vista running on their machine. Almost 99.99 % have the pirated version and forget about the downloads from MS with the pirated version. (out of question)

    Conclusion: PTA is quite right in saying that 128 is a broadband from a typical pakistani usage point of view.
    What they should emphasise in their policy document is how to make ISPs legally bound to deliver what they commit? I don’t wanna say anything on that the forums all filled with the sagas of ISP misguiding user level of customer satisfaction they provide.

  7. sam Says:

    guys i am from india. i am just curious about broadband speeds available in ur country mine is a 2mbps connection its pretty fast.
    i play online fps a lot.what about u guys.thanks in advance.

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