‘Digital India augurs well for data centre business’

IndiaFinancial Express — Data centres are an important part of infrastructure and there are several sectors spurring this growth, says Sunil Gupta, executive-director & president of Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a leading managed hosting and cloud service provider.


Digital India is $1 trillion business opportunity: Prasad

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Union minister for communication & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Digital Indiainitiative of the government is a $ 1 trillion business opportunity across IT and IT enabled services, telecom and electronics manufacturing. Speaking at the inauguration of FICCI Frames 2016 Media & Entertainment Industry Conclave in Mumbai, Prasad said Digital India is one of the signature campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to empower the citizens of India digitally.


PM Modi on TIME magazine’s list of ‘most influential people on Internet’ for second year

IndiaTimes of India — NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the ‘most influential people on the Internet’, TIME magazine said, describing the Indian leader as an “Internet star” who often uses social media to “conduct diplomacy”. The magazine cited Modi’s unconventional announcement on Twitter, of his visit to Pakistan last year, as an example of his use of social media that has made him an ”Internet star”.


PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate power supply from Tripura to Bangladesh on March 23

IndiaIndia — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate by remote control 100 mw power supply from Tripura’s Palatana project to Bangladesh on March 23. The same day Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would provide 10 GB Internet bandwidth to India, Tripura Power and Communication Minister Manik Dey told reporters here today.


American companies asked to take advantage of Digital India initiative

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: India’s future as a technology powerhouse and its plans to connect India’s 600,000 villages to the Internet through the Digital India programme were the focus of a roundtable of top American and Indian companies.


‘Digital India’: Top 10 initiatives announced by Centre

IndiaFinancial Express — At a ‘Good Governance’ event, focused around ‘Digital India’, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology, announced several ‘Digital India’ related e-services and products. At the occasion, Prasad said, “Digital India is something we owe to the people of India.”. The event saw the inauguration of new 23 products / eServices to achieve ambitious project of Digital India. We take a brief look at the top 10:


Digital India’s full impact in 3-5 years: Narayana Murthy

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: IT industry veteran and Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy said that the benefits of the government’s ambitious Digital India programme will take three to five years for citizens to derive full benefit out of it. Murthy was speaking after meeting communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his office on Friday.


‘Indian economy to become 100% digitized by 2020’

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The Indian economy, which is currently 50% digitized, is expected to reach 100% by 2020, a top official said on Thursday. The digital transformation is being fueled by rapid innovation in the technology space, said National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai at the 3rd edition of the National CIO Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry.

Ericsson: 20% of business from Digital India, smart cities by 2020

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom gearmaker Ericsson has announced a new unit — Industry and Society — that will focus on smart cities, the Digital India campaign and other technology projects from the government. It’s expected to account for 20% of the group’s overall business from India. “We are setting up a new unit ‘Industry and Society’ that will focus on Digital India, smart cities, public safety, utilities and transport segments. We are looking for a fifth of our business to come from our Industry and Society vertical by 2020,” Ericsson India vice president and head of engagement practices, Nishant Batra said.


‘Digital India’ Initiative Gets Big Boost From Oracle

IndiaForbes — India’s commitment to cloud computing will vault its economy past those of older, less committed, less forward-looking countries, says Loïc Le Guisquet, Oracle president for EMEA and Asia. Appearing on CNBC India, Le Guisquet reinforced Oracle’s support for the country’s recent “Digital India” initiative. “We are absolutely committed, very engaged at many levels in the government and in the states to support that ambitious program,” he said.


Government launches app for grievance redressal, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: People can now register their governance-related grievances through mobile phones. The mobile application for Centralised Public Grievances Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) portal was launched by minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions, Jitendra Singh.


Microsoft Launches Three Cloud Data Centers in India

IndiaDatacenter Knowledge — Microsoft has brought online three cloud data centers in India to improve performance of Azure services for customers in the country. The Redmond, Washington, company becomes first of the top US public cloud providers to offer services in India from local data centers. Amazon Web Services does not have an availability zone in India – although it is currently building a cloud data center there, which it plans to bring online next year – and neither does Google Cloud Platform.


‘India to replace China as Silicon Valley’s next frontier’

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: India may soon displace China as Silicon Valley’s next frontier, a leading American daily has said, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the headquarters of technology giants Tesla, Facebook and Google. “China may be a Silicon Valley obsession, but India increasingly is in the conversation and may soon displace its Asian neighbour as tech’s next big frontier,” the popular USA Today said yesterday in a news dispatch from San Francisco.


In digital push, PM Modi shouldn’t take Google, Facebook at face value

IndiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi has been praised for his salesmanship in Silicon Valley, for extracting large commitments towards Digital India from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Qualcomm. They pledged to partner with the government, and do their bit for rural communities in India.


Team India Supports PM Modi’s Digital India Campaign

IndiaJewo City — Following the announcement, Kumar Sundaram wrote on Asia Progressive that Modi and Zuckerberg have come together to “end net neutrality in India“. While Mr Modi said India-US partnership was driven by economic ties, Mr. Obama said: “We also had a chance to talk about trade and investment”, adding that Mr. Modi is hoping that Indian Americans can contribute to India’s growth. The Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer also chose to include the Indian tricolour in his own Facebook profile picture.


PM Modi’s townhall with Mark Zuckerberg: Highlights

IndiaTimes of India — SAN JOSE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended a townhall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters. Before the townhall meeting, both PM Modi and Zuckerberg changed their profile pictures on the Facebook. Here are important quotes from PM Modi and Zuckerberg’s townhall event:


‘Digital India’ will empower people: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

IndiaTimes of India — SILICON VALLEY: Endorsing PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme, Microsoft CEO said it will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide. “Digital India will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide,” said Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO last year, at a dinner interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


PM Narendra Modi makes a pitch for Digital India: 20 key takeways from his speech

IndiaTimes of India — PM Narendra Modi in his address at the Digital India event spoke at length on technological advancements and its impact on people and nation as a whole. Here’s are key takeaways from PM’s speech at Digital India event in Silicon Valley:


India fastest growing startup nation: Sundar Pichai

IndiaTimes of India — SAN JOSE: India will play a big part in driving technology forward in the future, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Sunday as he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accelerating India’s effort to become the next global hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Driving technology forward would really improve people’s lives in India and all around the world, Pichai said.


PM Narendra Modi’s speech at Digital India dinner in Silicon Valley: Full text and video

IndiaIndia — Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Digital India and Digital Technology Dinner in Silicon Valley, California on September 26. He met with global technology chief executive officers (CEOs) at the summit, some of whom were India. Modi began his speech by thanking the CEOs present, including Google CEO Sunder Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Some tech leaders also announced India-specific projects like free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations by Google, and Microsoft’s cloud platform plans.


Digital India: Over 55,000 villages to get mobile coverage by 2018

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The government will provide mobile connectivity to 55,669 uncovered villages across the country by 2018.  According to a communications ministry official as part of the Digital India programme, 55,669 villages that do not have mobile coverage till now will be connected during 2014-18. The official added that mobile services to uncovered villages will be provided in a phased manner with funding from universal service obligation fund (USOF).


Digital India campaign: US academics raise concerns

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley to promote ‘Digital India’ campaign, more than 100 prominent US-based academics have raised privacy concerns about the project.  In a statement, these academics, said ‘Digital India’ seems to ignore key questions raised in India by critics concerned about the collection of personal information and the near certainty that such digital systems will be used to enhance surveillance and repress the constitutionally-protected rights of citizens.


Microsoft: Mobile-first, cloud-first fit for India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW YORK: Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella’s emphasis on “mobile-first, cloud-first world” fits well into India’s needs as the strategy will ensure affordable technology to millions of small businesses, a senior company executive has said.


IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls on PM Narendra Modi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Global IT major IBM CEO Ginni Rometty met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15. Rometty is on a three-day visit to India and has met senior leaders in the government as well as from the industry. “Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM, calling on PM Shri @narendramodi,” Press Information Bureau tweeted with picture of Modi and Rometty without disclosing details of discussions between them.


Microsoft’s partners in India ‘very progressive’: Schuster

IndiaTimes of India — ORLANDO: Describing India as a ‘great market,’ a top Microsoft executive said the company’s partners in the country are ‘very progressive’ in the way they service the world and the Indian customers adapt to technology a lot faster than those in some other nations.


Microsoft bats for White-Fi to help Digital India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: US software major Microsoft Corporation says its newly-developed White-Fi technology can provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to a large section of the Indian population, thus, giving a boost to the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative. White-Fi or television White-Space technology works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale. “TV White-Space technology puts the unused spectrum in the TV channels to a good effect,” Prashant Shukla, national technology officer at Microsoft India, told ET.


India’s digital project focuses on education

IndiaBlouin News — Last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital India campaign — a huge project aimed at bringing India onto the global scene of infrastructure design and IT innovation, and boosting technology projects that will encourage the next generation to invest in technology across all verticals: health-based initiatives, education, enterprise projects, cloud, and big data. Modi’s goal is to make India a digitally-empowered economy.


Intel keen to partner ‘Digital India’ initiative

IndiaThe Hindu — Global computer chip-maker Intel is looking to leverage on India’s digital initiatives. The company is partnering several Indian states in their digitalisation efforts with a focus on about 10 States. “Intel’s technology leadership makes it an exclusive expert in delivering end-to-end solutions which are vital for Digital India,” Srinivas Tadigadapa, Director – Enterprise Solutions, Intel South Asia, said while addressing media roundtable on Intel’s roadmap to a Digital India.


Digital India: Google to focus on local-language content

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Engaged in various initiatives under the government’s ‘Digital India’ campaign, global tech giant Google is focussing on key areas like bringing more Indic language content online and helping 20 million small and medium enterprises set up internet presence by 2017.  Though India is now the second-largest internet market in the world, there is still a great deal of work to be done, Google VP and managing director, South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan told PTI.


Digital India: Sterlite to invest Rs 400 crore; up optic fibre capacity to 30 million km

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Eyeing the multi-billion dollar business opportunities opened by Digital India, billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Sterlite TechnologiesBSE 4.22 % will invest up to Rs 400 crore on capacity expansion as it targets a major part of the Rs 72,000-crore BharatNet project. National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) or BharatNet, which forms the backbone of the Digital India initiative, seeks to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with high speed broadband by December 2017.