16 July 2008

Regulation of cyber cafes in India

I found this article over at BusinessWeek interesting. The article shows how regulation can stifle business activity, even if it is not price regulation.

There were some useful facts buried in the article that I'd like to pull out, though:
... India is trying to increase household PC penetration, which is currently at just 2 PCs for every 100 households, says the technology trade group NASSCOM, and broadband connectivity, an abysmal 4 million connections, vs. China's 3.2 million new connections every quarter, according to BNP Paribas. Even Vietnam, with a population of just 84 million, is signing up 120,000 new broadband users per month, according to IDC.

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