Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made quite a mark in the global tech fraternity. While speaking at the Digital India event in San Jose, California, Modi credited the technology firms for ushering in social change. Five key wins came Modi’s way in the form of strategic announcements from Microsoft, Google and Qualcomm.
We take you through these deals:
Qualcomm to invest $150 million in the mobile and Internet-of-Everything ecosystem in India
“We are committed to providing local innovative start-ups with the support needed to help India’s IOE (Internet of Everything) ecosystem grow, increasing consumer choice and availability,” Jacobs said as he announced a $150 million fund to boost start-ups in India.
Qualcomm, he said, has been investing in promising Indian start-ups since 2007 and there are more than 20 Indian companies as part of its global portfolio. Sectors of investment vary across the mobile ecosystem and include hardware, software platforms, e-commerce, healthcare, location based services and retail technology.
Microsoft announces cloud services from Indian data centres
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will announce cloud computing systems from data centers in India next week, calling it a “big milestone”.
The technology major feels that the data centre presence would help its customers meet data sovereign requirements wherever needed, suggest media reports.
500 railway stations to have free Wi-Fi with help of Google
Google, in collaboration with Indian Railways, said it would bring the first stations online within months, with the network expanding to cover 100 of India’s busiest stations before the end of 2016.
“This will rank it as the largest public WiFi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users”, said Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai, another Indian-born executive at the top of the US tech industry, in a blog post.
“We are expanding our public Wi-Fi hotspots. For example, we want to ensure that free Wi Fi is not only there in airport lounges, but also on our railway platforms. Teaming up with Google, we will cover 500 railway stations in a short time,” Modi told a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs.
500,000 villages will have low-cost broadband in Microsoft-govt partnership
“We believe that lost-cost broad band connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
The partnership could prove to be a game changer for India, where around 70 per cent of the population lives in over 600,000 villages.
10 different languages, including Gujarati in India can be typed on Google
Stating that in order to push digital literacy forward, it is very important for people to type in their native languages, Google’s CEO Sunder Pichai announced that next month Google would make it possible for people to type in 10 different languages in India, including Gujarati.
In an official blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, “To help make web content more useful for Indians, many of whom don’t speak English, we launched the Indian Language Internet Alliance last year to foster more local language content, and have built greater local language support into our products—including Hindi Voice Search, an improved Hindi keyboard and support for seven Indian languages with the latest versions of Android.”After announcing high-speed internet, Google also announced that users in India would now be able to type in 10 Indian languages.
Earlier this year, PM Narendra Modi launched the ‘Digital India week’ promising invests as much as Rs 4.5 lakh crore that aims at adding 1.8 million jobs. All this is aimed at improving electronic connectivity in the nation.