Broadband policies to be rewritten, unlimited bandwidth to be made available to boost PC penetration, especially in rural India, said the union minister for IT and communication.

The Government of India is planning a big push to broadband Internet communication for next year as broadband policies are slated to be rewritten, said Dayanidhi Maran, union minister for communications and information technology, while inaugurating Ericsson India's R&D facility in Chennai.

The minister also said that from January 2007, the Government plans to lift broadband limits and make available unlimited bandwidth to boost PC penetration, especially in rural areas. Besides, telecom PSUs like Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) are expected to introduce attractive offers to lure more customers.

The Ericsson R&D facility opened in Chennai would manufacture infrastructure hardware, such as switches and chargers, for the telecom industry. To further its plans in the country, the company has earmarked investment worth $100 million every year for the next few years.