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We will provide 100mbps broadband in every home – Chandrababu Naidu, CM, Andhra Pradesh

At the World Economic Forum yesterday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, appeared to make a pitch for fiber to home over wireless broadband, saying that while the central governments (both past and present) have been looking to connect panchayats (village governance council) with broadband connectivity, it won't help. "Every house minimum 100 mbps we have to provide," Naidu said. "Every house. Then only you'll have access to everything. We'll take it up with the Prime Minster. We'll prove it in Andhra Pradesh, where in 1-1.5 years, we will go for high bandwidth in every house. I want to provide that." Naidu was responding to a question on his views on spectrum auctions in India, due next year, where there have been complaints about the lack of spectrum piecemealed to telecom operators, thereby not giving them sufficient spectrum to play provide fast, reliable and high quality services. Naidu believes that fiber optic connectivity is the best way of providing connectivity. "Laying fiber is not a big issue. It's cost effective. If we spend more money on this, it is the best infrastructure, and growth will have a multiplier effect." Note that India faces major right-of-way issues, and providing wireline connectivity is very expensive in the country, but that might not be a problem for Andhra Pradesh, since Naidu has to build a new capital city for the state, after the formation of Telangana. Naidu made a strong pitch to businesses for investing in the state. Naidu led among the more business-friendly governments…

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