Microsoft plans to take technology to 5 lakh villages

Intending to become a partner in the ambitious Digital India programme, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, said his company will take low-cost broadband technology to some five lakh villages across the country.

Speaking at a dinner hosted in the honour of visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Nadella said that Microsoft wants to make things and make things happen. Mr. Nadella said Microsoft’s plan is to partner with the Indian Government to bring in low-cost broadband connectivity to 500,000 villages in India.

“We believe that low-cost broadband 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,” the first Indian-American Microsoft CEO said.

“This is a big milestone. A key part of both Make in India and Digital India, bringing world class infrastructure into India, respecting India’s digital security, sovereignty and privacy is a key milestone for us,” Mr. Nadella said.

Nadella also added that Narendra Modi’s vision is absolutely right and he is pushing the right agenda. Citing an example, Mr. Nadella said Microsoft is working with the Andhra Pradesh government to take the enrolment data of schools and using machine learning to understand which students and schools have higher drop out rates.

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