Net Neutrality in India

By Mika Skarp

The rumor has been that the Government of India will publish a policy on Net Neutrality in about a month. It will be interesting to see how close the regulation in India will match the laws in the US and Europe. But what are main differences between India and rest of the world from a perspective of Net Neutrality?

First, the factor of size comes into play. India has about four times the population of the US and is very densely inhabited. Therefore, capacity management in the telecommunications industry is even more important than in Western countries. Another difference is the lack of a fixed telecom infrastructure. Access to the Internet in India is provided through mobile networks. In conclusion, all essential or critical Internet applications require reliable connections with better than best effort network SLA on mobile networks. Therefore, the Indian data usage illustrates an excellent use case for Cloudstreet.

The opportunity on this market is a great one, and those applications that are actually capable of delivering reliable service while using as little capacity as possible from mobile networks will have a large potential. In India, network profiling can help consumers greatly because when network connection is stable, no buffering is needed and retransmission is rare.

Therefore, let’s see what the first use cases claimed by the Indian government will look like.