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India needs 100 million broadband connections

National Knowledge Commission chairman Sam Pitroda on Wednesday said India needs around 100 million broadband connections and the government is focused on connecting 250,000 panchayats across the country through broadband.

“We have today about 10 million broadband connections for a country of a billion people, which is no good. Ideally this country needs 100 million broadband connections. If I say 100, even 80 or 70 million is good enough,” Pitroda, who is also known as father of India’s telecom revolution, said,

Interacting with women journalists at their club here, Pitroda said he hopes that the number of broadband connections will reach 100 million in five years’ time.

“We don’t have concrete timetable right now. We all are working on it. But we are first focused on connecting 250,00 panchayats through broadband now. Because that is the nerve centre of our decentralised governance,” Pitroda added. Read full story from publisher

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