Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley has also come with some major announcements like Wi-Fi in railways stations and broadband connectivity in villages.
PM Modi is one of the first Indian leader who managed to speak to a host of Fortune 500 CEOs, during his second US visit. He met Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Qualcomm’s Executive Chairman Paul E. Jacobs, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and CISCO’s John Chambers.
Google also released a map showing the first 100 stations that will have high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2016.
1) Microsoft’s Broadband Connectivity to 5 lakh Villages
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that Microsoft will partner with the Indian government to bring low-cost internet connectivity to 5 lakh Indian villages.
2) Google to provide free WIFI at 500 stations
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that Google will partner with Indian Railways to provide high-speed broadband internet connectivity at 500 Indian railway stations.
3) Google users in India would be able to type in 10 local Indian languages
After announcing free wifi, Google also announced that from now Indian users would be able to type in 10 different Indian languages.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blogpost, “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. And finally, to help all Indians reap the benefits of connectivity, we’ve been ramping up efforts to help women, who make up just a third of Internet users in India today, get the most from the web.”
4) Microsoft Data centres in India by next week
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft announced to offer high speed services, cloud hosting, young entrepreneurs and also to enable scalability to small business. This will become operational by next week.
5) Apple to manufacture in India
Apple CEO Tim Cook responded positively when Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India. Earlier there were reports that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn was planning to set up an iPhone manufacturing plant in India.
6) Qualcomm announced support for Digital India
Qualcomm announced a $150 million venture investment fund for start-ups in India.