In its effort to digitise India, the Indian government is planning on providing free wifi to approximately 1050 villages across the country.
The internet penetration levels in rural India remain dismally low, so in order to tackle this, the government is installing new WiFi hotspots in areas that lack fast accessible broadband.
This initiative is titled ‘Digital Village’ and will be deployed over a span of next six months. Expected to cost around $62 million, the programme will see towers installed in villages which locals can connect to via their cell phones and computers.
“The programme aims to provide basic development services to rural areas using digital technology”, said Aruna Sundararajan, an official at the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Although, Google has installed its own free WiFi service at over 100 railway stations across India, Facebook, on the other hand, is looking for new ways to step into the market after its plan to offer limited internet access to consumers for free went ineffective, two years ago.
Indian economy is one of the world’s fastest growing, and it is all because of the advancement in the technology sector, that includes innovative startups and outsourcing giants that are prominent in India. And by making Internet access more easily available to a greater extent of the country’s population, it will only serve to grow it.
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