It was Along with Chandigarh,the satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali are witnessing a sharp increase in their total number of broadband connections,and more and more households are going in for Wi-Fi facility modems.
State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is one of the largest operators of broadband connections and it has almost 2 lakh users in Punjab and 47,544 users in Chandigarh,Mohali and Panchkula.
Of these around 50 percent are Wi-Fi enabled connections as most households in Chandigarh,Panchkula and Mohali have multiple computers,desktops,laptops and tablets all in a single home. With Wi-Fi modems the residents can have access to internet on all their appliances in one go, officials at BSNL,Bharati Airtel,Reliance Communications,Tata DOCOMO,GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited and Connect said.
A young couple,Amit Taneja and his wife Anu Taneja told Newsline,The coming up of the Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park and the mushrooming of technology institutions in the vicinity has led to a rise in the tech-savvy population that a prefers Wi-Fi home environment.
Anu Taneja added that Wi-Fi modems provided the flexibility of working from makeshift offices at their duplex house on the ground floor while chatting in the comforts of their living room on the first floor of the same house at no extra cost. She said that Wi-Fi was so easy on the pocket that one could buy Wi-Fi wireless modem from the service provider at easy monthly installments or buy a router costing around Rs. 1000 only,from the market and add it to existing wireline modem to convert it into a Wi-Fi device.
Enquiries from Bharati Airtel said,Overall Bharati Airtel has 1.36 million broadband subscribers and 10 percent share in the country and in Chandigarh it plans to launch the first 4G state-of-the-art network based on TD-LTE cutting-edge technology capable of offering speeds of 100 Mbps shortly. The new service that allows super-fast access to high definition (HD) video streaming,multiple chatting,instant uploading of photos and much more shortly will help us further in our reach.
Reliance Communications said that the company offers wireless broadband for laptops and desktops with a download speed of 3.1 Mbps and connectivity across 24,000 towns along with major highways. Connect also offers Standalone 797,997 and 1197 broadband plans to subscribers with unlimited data transfer.
Senior General Manager,BSNL,Naresh Sharma said,BSNL has brought down broadband tariffs to make these attractive for the users and the result was an increase in the number of connections. The BSNL had 41,770 connections in the tricity by March 31,2011. The number of broadband connections rose to 47,544 by March 31,2012. As a consequence,STD and ISD operators were hit first and now it is the turn of cyber cafes to feel the heat.
Bu July 2012,Chandigarh has 27,278 broadband users of BSNL,Panchkula 11,148 and Mohali 7,025,said the Senior General Manager. Overall as of now Chandigarh comes at the top with 18.8 percentage in the list of broadband penetration of states. Delhi takes the second place in the list with the percentage of 17.6. Goa with 12.7 percentages holds the third place while Bihar and Tripura are at the very bottom of the list, he revealed.