Efforts made to extend Internet availability to far flung areas: Sanjay Mashruwala

Efforts are being made to extend availability of connectivity and Internet to almost every far-flung and sparsely populated place in India says Sanjay Mashruwala, MD, Reliance Jio at a virtual program organised by Broadband India Forum (BIF) to celebrate the completion of 25 years of Internet in India.

Speaking at the 25 years celebration, Dr. RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI said, “We need massive growth of fixed line broadband (FTTH & In-building), simplified RoW permissions, interoperable Wi-Fi networks, broadband via cable, promotion of cloud services and data centers.

The launch of Public Internet in India on 15th August 1995, by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited was the harbinger of today’s broadband services, which has been fundamental to the socio-economic growth of the country and is the prime engine of digital transformation. The widespread proliferation of the Internet has resulted in the delivery and offtake of digital services such as e-commerce, digital payments, e-banking, e-health, e-education, e-agriculture, among others, across the country and have been instrumental in improving the way we work and live.

TV Ramachandran, President, BIF said, “With the Internet becoming the underlying infrastructure for digital transformation, we at BIF, look to help facilitate internet access to the farthest reaches of the nation through a prudent mix of mobile, Wi-Fi, satcom, cable and other new and innovative technologies.”

A White Paper on ‘Internet Governance & Digital Cooperation: A Recommended Way Forward for India’ was released by Dr. RS Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; BK Syngal, Principal Advisor, BIF; Sanjay Mashruwala, Managing Director, Reliance Jio; Ashwani Rana, Director of Public Policy at Facebook (India, South & Central Asia); and Randeep Raina, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia India.

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