A landmark achievement no less, the recent visit of Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley proved to be more than just a flowery shower of words. While it is admitted that Mr Modi is aptly capable of influencing and inspiring young guns to think progressive, the latest rendition of vision Digital India shone a newer light.
Two significantly higher luminaries of Indian Origin, Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai have vowed to create a massive difference for their home country way forward as part of the Digital India initiative. Not only that, the other big shots of the tech world such as Qualcomm and Cisco also vouched for contributing in their own way to envision India’s digital goals.
Out of these, Nadella and Pichai will now work majorly by way of two important initiatives taken up to see the light called Digital India.
Microsoft – Cloud Computing, Low Cost Broadband Technology
Supporting both Narendra Modi and CM Sri N Chandrababu Naidu (the latter over his prompt governance and the project White spaces), Nadella stressed on the statement “Digital India Will Empower People”. He iterated on the need for easy access to the digital medium in schools across the world. He particularly quoted an example of students in Nanyuki interacting with students in a school at Srikakulam, AP. To this effect, Microsoft has decided to establish low cost broadband technology to five lakh villages across India and inception of cloud computing data center services at various points.
“We believe that lost-cost broad band connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes,” said Nadella.
Google – WiFi Hotspots At 500 Indian Railways Stations, Vernacular Access on Android
WiFi is the prime medium of access to the digital world. Enabling the same for India, Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google, announced that broadband connectivity by way of WiFi hotspots will be initially launched at 100 Indian railways stations, later expanding to 400.
Apart from this, Google will also roll out ten language vernacular typing for all the Android users in the country, narrowing the digital barriers for regional sections.
Pichai also praised the efficacy of the Indian section to adapt to Google Chrome faster than any other country in the world.
Both the honchos agree with the singular vision of the Prime Minster called Digital India, and are set to think joined up for the cause. It remains to be seen as to what gets to the country faster. The healthy race is definitely on.