Digital India was launched by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 2 July 2015 – with an objective of connecting rural areas with high-speed Internet networks and improving digital literacy. The vision of Digital India programme is inclusive growth in areas of electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities etc. and it is centered on three key areas:
- Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen;
- Governance & Services on Demand; and
- Digital Empowerment of Citizens.
The Government of India entity Bharat Broadband Network Limited which executes the National Optical Fibre Network project will be the custodian of Digital India (DI) project. BBNL had ordered United Telecoms Limited to connect 250,000 villages through GPON to ensure FTTH based broadband. This will provide the first basic setup to achieve towards Digital India and is expected to be completed by 2017. Furthermore, the 2016 Union budget of India announced 11 technology initiatives including the use data analytics to nab tax evaders, creating a substantial opportunity for IT companies to build out the systems that will be required. Digital Literacy mission will cover six crore rural households. It is planned to connect 550 farmer markets in the country through the use of technology.
These initiatives create business opppurtunities for Indian and Israeli Companies alike. Israeli companies excel in providing cutting edge technologies and enhance R&D services. Indian companies, collaborating with Israeli companies, may benfit from technological advantage when competing to win various tenders across the Digital India initiatives.
Relevant Indian companies, which are interested to learn more on potential collaborarion with Israeli companies, are invited to contact the Economic and Trade Department at the Israeli Consulate General in Bengaluru.
For further details contact;
Kavitha Saravanan – Trade Officer, Bangalore