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Breaking News :  Mukesh Ambani to invest Rs 250,000 crore for ‘Digital India’
Thursday 02-July-2015, 08:09,
Mukesh Ambani to invest Rs 250,000 crore for ‘Digital India’
MUMBAI:
The
country’s
telecom
giants
have
committed
to
Prime
Minister
Narendra
Modi’s
ambitious
plan
to
connect
2.5
lakh
villages
across
India
by
2019
at
the
launch
of
‘Digital
India
Week’
in
New
Delhi.
Reliance
Industries
chairman
Mukesh
Ambani began his address stating how,
for the first time, the government,
which usually lags behind industries,
has taken a step ahead of them by
conceiving ‘Digital India’.
“Historically, the industry has moved
faster than government in India, but
with the ‘Digital India’ scheme, the
government has overtaken the
industry,” he said.
“The youth today aspires for merit
based opportunities and progress
which ‘Digital India’ will ensure them
and we at Reliance Industries commit
to achieving that goal with an
investment of Rs 250,000 crore,”
Ambani announced.
Addressing the infrastructure aspect,
Ambani revealed his plans to create an
all IP next generation wireless
broadband infrastructure across all 29
states in India. Secondly, Reliance Jio
will set up a nationwide distribution
network that will enable 150,000
small electronic retailers to sell and
service smartphones and internet
devices.
Not just that, Reliance Jio is in talks
with leading device manufacturers to
invite them to make smartphones and
internet devices at an affordable rate
in India. “We will give them assured
off-take from our retail system,”
said Ambani, who stressed that his
company is committed to make
necessary investment and strongly
partner with central and state
government on e-governance, and
other services that ‘Digital India’ will
provide.
Though Mukesh Ambani set quite high
standards for investors in their
contribution to ‘Digital India,’ others
who followed him didn’t fail to make
their promises worth looking forward
to.
Take his brother Anil Ambani for
example. While most of the business
leaders focused on manufacturing and
infrastructure to penetrate in the
remote areas, Anil Ambani addressed
an important aspect of ‘Digital India’:
a paper-free India powered by a
gigantic database.
“A crucial prerequisite to Digital
India’s success is the availability of
unlimited cloud computing power,
whose building block is a digital
database of the mission,” pointed out
Anil Ambani.
Reliance Group is the largest provider
of data center facility, with its 11
data center connected by India’s
largest terrestrial fiber network and
world’s largest submarine cable
structure, which Anil Ambani plans to
double to 1.2 million sq ft in two
years.
The Reliance Group chairman also
announced a first of its kind initiative
-- five fully operational cloud
exchange points. “Each of these will
give government departments 240
times the computing power currently
available to their data centers and
their efficiency will scale up 100 per
cent in every 90 days, as ‘Digital
India’ will gather momentum,” he
said, followed by an investment
promise of Rs10,000 crore to the
project.
Bharati Airtel too assured a
‘meaningful contribution’. Bharati
Enterprises chairman Sunil Bharati
Mittal said, “We at Airtel are fully
committed to stand by the
government’s revolutionary initiative
in the digital space. We plan to invest
in excess of Rs 100, 000 crore or USD
16 billion in infrastructure in rural
and urban regions alike. We also plan
to make 4G available to the masses.”
Mittal hailed Modi as a ‘digitally
native man’ and the right person to
lead India in this digital revolution.
He also mentioned about Bharati
Enterprises’ active involvement in
promoting eHealth in villages and also
collaborate with manufacturers to
start making devices and services
within India.
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