Objective: Conceptualised in the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018, the Broadband Readiness Index provides a state/union territory level index appraising the status of the underlying infrastructure, policy regimes and investment climate that examine the digital communications environment. This exercise provides useful insights into strategic choices made by states and union territories to optimise policy and consequent investment allocations in communications infrastructure.
Scope and Deliverables: The study has been designed to publish three iterations of the index for states and union territories to compare their performance both absolute and relative over a period of three years. The first report was due to be published in 2020 using data collected from states for 2019. The project has been put on hold due to considerations of recasting the index with a broader measurement of the digital ecosystem.