Digital India – Making villages ‘Smart’

The Government’s ambitious “Digital India” plan aims to digitally connect all of India’s villages and gram panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy. By the year 2019, the ‘Digital India’ program of the Government of India (GOI), envisages that 250,000 Indian villages will enjoy broadband connectivity, and universal…

Netflix reportedly eyeing Indian launch

A report in India suggests SVoD platform Netflix will launch in the Asian territory before 2016. Citing unnamed sources, the Times of India reported the US-based platform had “firmed up plans” to enter territory, a move that was concerning local DTH players. Should Netflix launch in India, it would be the second American-owned SVOD service…

Report details Asia’s ‘digital economy’ status

A GSM Association report, “Building Digital Societies in Asia”, is based on a study of digital societies in six countries – Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan. It found that each country had a digital-society policy framework – Thailand’s Digital Economy Plan, Digital Bangladesh, Digital India, the Indonesia Broadband Plan, Digital Malaysia, and Pakistan’s…

Digital India karna hai, says Telecom Minister

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that popularising rural BPOs was high on his priority list. “We are going to come out with an expression of interest for rural BPOs. You know, I always say, Tata, Birla or Ambani have made millions and millions. There are certain game changing moments in…

SPREP Pte Ltd. Acquires IT Park in Chennai, India

SPREP Pte Ltd., a company formed as a part of the strategic alliance in 2013 between Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Shapoorji Pallonji Group, today announced its first acquisition. SPREP Pte Ltd. has entered into definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the securities of Faery Estates Private Limited, an Indian company which owns,…

MPs can boost digital inclusion

A heap of cash comes to every member of Parliament (MP) every year, under a government scheme to develop constituencies. At the end of the year, the money—which could be used to create valuable digital infrastructure in our remote villages—returns to where it came from, unspent. The consequence: Our villages continue to remain cut off…

OneWeb’s plans for digital access may run into hurdles

OneWeb’s plans to use satellites for digital connectivity and provide affordable internet access to all will have to address a few challenges that have earlier plagued such ventures. OneWeb is a group of firms, including Airbus Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Grupo Salinas, Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Qualcomm Incorporated and Virgin Group. Bharti Enterprises has also…

Mobile One: Governance at your fingertips

An anganwadi worker in rural Karnataka can register her attendance through a service called Mobile One, which a software professional in Bengaluru can also use to pay electricity and water bills or book tickets. This innovation is not by a start-up but by the Karnataka government’s centre for e-governance, which pitches its mobile governance offering,…