Google fibre services in India soon

Internet giant Google is in talks with the IT Ministry to roll out optical fibre-based broadband services as part of the Digital India programme. Google plans to roll out a fibre network in a small area as a showcase project. According to top officials in the IT Ministry, the discussions are at an initial stage.…

Modi outlines e-services to make govt open, accountable

Prime minister Narendra Modi proposes to provide a clutch of citizens’ services electronically as part of his government’s efforts to put in place “an effective, accountable and transparent” administration. Committing his regime to ‘good governance’, Modi said his team would make governance simple and effective in a phased manner without putting a huge burden on…

Cabinet papers now in e-format

Government plans to have all Cabinet files including Cabinet notes in electronic format from next month. This is being seen as a major step towards creating paperless offices across the board at Centre. “The government’s intention is that from January onwards, we must have all Cabinet files in an e-format. Normally, hard copies of bulky…

Tamil Nadu 3rd in e-transactions across country

With Tamil Nadu government’s push for increased e-governance in the state, Tamil Nadu has secured third slot from last year’s eighth in e-transactions across the country this year. The state also plans to add more than 300 public services to electronic mode soon and also launch 600 additional common services centres in the state. Gujarat…

Committed to improve tele-density, voice, broadband penetration: Prasad

The NDA government is committed to improve tele-density, voice and broadband penetration and ensure quality of services to both rural and urban areas to achieve the vision of Digital India, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here Thursday. “The focus of the department of telecommunications is to create the communication infrastructure for enabling e-services like e-banking, e-commerce,…

Postal life insurance limit hiked to Rs 50 lakh

To mark the Good Governance Day, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today announced that the limit of postal life insurance has been raised from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, besides launching one-month rental-free MTNL broadband and landline combo plans on new bookings. The 21 schemes he announced also included support for international patent…

Digital India is yet to address the ‘critical’

The Indian government is undoubtedly driving its ‘Digital India’ program vigorously and making best of its endeavour to achieve it in the shortest possible time. However, there are some critical aspects waiting to be addressed. In Digital India plan, it will be critical to address the demand-side issues, besides building broadband capacity, according to Ulf…