BharatNet, 5G, cloud policy would erase classes in Indian Internet ecosystem: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Chennai: BharatNet’s rapid roll out in remote areas, advent of 5G services, adoption of cloud services and a central push towards an inclusive internet will erase inequalities in the Indian digital ecosystem and enable a standard service quality for consumers, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar said.

Chandrashekhar was speaking at the Times Network India Economic Conclave held in Mumbai on Thursday.

Responding to a question on inequalities in internet access and usage among Indians, Chandrashekhar said providing a stable bandwidth and capacity is one of the “missions on priority” for the Indian government. The introduction of 5G services, a national data center and cloud policy, and a central push toward the use of more vernacular languages ​​on the Internet will erase the class divide in today’s Internet access. “The quality of service for internet consumers will be the same. This is the need of the hour,” Chandrashekhar said.

Speaking about the explosion of innovation services and products from the Indian technology sector, Chandrashekhar called it the “new Y2K moment for the Indian tech space”, referring to the accelerated growth of technology-led businesses originating from India. He added that the diversity of the Indian technology landscape was also a bright spot on the radar, given the number of businesses in deep tech, consumer internet and modern age, apart from traditional IT services companies.

Nevertheless, the minister, answering a question on wage inflation, wondered whether businesses on the receiving end themselves to pay higher wages had not foreseen this trend. “The government is working with the industry to expand the supply side of talent and this will solve the problem on demand and salaries of talent in the last 18 months,” he said.

Chandrashekhar credited the plethora of Indian digital services for effectively handling large projects like vaccine delivery, at a time when “countries like the US and China are grappling with challenges.” With more and more Indians going online, the government-built digital rail will enable the transition from being a consumer society to a society driven by innovation and enterprise.

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He said that a ‘perfect storm’ of innovation and enterprise is heading towards the Indian tech ecosystem. India’s inherent strengths in software and electronics design are converging with a policy push toward local manufacturing, such as the $10-billion semiconductor policy, to create synergies.

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