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Digital India campaign: All you need to know

Reuters     July 1, 2015

The government on Wednesday launched the Digital India Campaign to provide fast internet connections for all. Here is what you need to know about PM Narendra Modi's ambitious initiative.

 

  • The government is reinvigorating an $18 billion campaign to provide fast internet connections for all, with a "digital week" aimed at popularising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign promise to connect 250,000 villages in India by 2019.
  • The government's tech push, which plans to provide electronic governance and universal phone connectivity across the country, aims to bridge India's digital divide, bringing in large investments in technology manufacturing.
  • The digital week, being launched later on Wednesday, will involve citizen awareness programmes.
  • The plan aims to stop net imports of technology and electronics by 2020, while creating over 100 million jobs.
  • India's average Internet speed was ranked 115th globally in the first quarter of the year, among countries studied by services provider Akamai Technologies.
  • India had just a little over 100 million broadband subscribers at the end of April, out of a population of close to 1.3 billion, according to the sector regulator, which considers Internet connections with minimum download speeds of 512 kbps.

 


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