HomeWhat's HappeningIndia"India has 800 million broadband users today," said MOS Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

“India has 800 million broadband users today,” said MOS Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

On the 12th of December, according the Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar said “More than 800 million broadband users making India the largest ‘connected’ nation in the world today”.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of the India Internet Governance Forum 2022 with the theme ‘Leveraging Techade for Empowering Bharat’, he said yesterday. Other dignitaries and the Secretary, MeitY, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma were present on the occasion.

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that we are the largest ‘connected’ nation in the world with 800 million Indian users on the occasion of speaking. 1.2 billion Indian users of 5G and the largest rural broadband connectivity network project at BharatNet will constitute the single largest presence of the global internet.

He said that we expect further technological innovations and updated regulatory policies to remain relevant. He added that the deep involvement by all stakeholders will be the third leg of this Global Standard Cyber Law Framework that they hope will catalyze the Indian internet and the economy.

The MoS said that India’s recent addition of identity authentication to a very diverse and rich suite of applications, and improved accessibility to the internet, offers a tremendous amount of power to countries in the Global South who have not been able to step up and create the same pace of digitization of their economies.,” the MoS said.

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He further said that, during the G20 Presidency, the Prime Minister declared that he would be open to India offering that platform to all those nations in the Global South that want to transform their digital economy and their governance model like India. After a lot of effort, the multistakeholder architecture of the Indian internet happened.

He noted that in the next few years, this multistakeholder engagement needs to go beyond the intellectual academic discussion to ensure the internet grows and innovation grows while keeping both safe and trusted and accountable for all the billion digital nagriks of India.

Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, the Secretary of MeitY, said that the Digital India program augments India’s mission with digital literacy initiative skills. This exemplary indigenous success story has become a world story with technical progress shaping new India.

The theme of “Leveraging Techade for Empowering Bharat” for IIGF 2022 is appropriate as India is looking to majorly connect those unconnected with the best internet connectivity.

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