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Telecoms Industry Gears Up For 'Digital India'

11/06/2015 by Jeremy Hopwood


Qualcomm has given some indication as to what the Indian government's 'Digital India' vision will mean for the telecoms industry, with the world's largest chipmaker expecting to play a larger role in the country over the next few years.

Digital India, estimated to cost around Rs. 1.13 trillion ($17.66 billion), promises to transform India into a connected knowledge economy offering world class services at the click of a mouse.

On announcing the project, the country's Prime Minister, Narenda Modi, said Digital India will be implemented in a phased manner by 2019, which has acted as shot in the arm for many telecoms firms with ambitions in India.

Speaking to the Economic Times, Cristiano Amon, executive vice president at Qualcomm, said the San Diego-based firm already has a strong presence in India, but that will be ramped up almost immediately.

He explained: "Our company is growing into adjacent markets and we see mobile technology transforming other industries such as automotive industry.

"We are looking into the internet-of-things, we are looking into the wearable space. As we make progress, we see India as key to the R&D as well as business side for us."

Amon believes India is on "the cusp of a data revolution", driven by mobile broadband network expansion, locally relevant content, and rapid smartphone adoption.

He said that Digital India will only accelerate broadband growth in the country, stressing that the initiative will create "tremendous business opportunity for the telecom industry".

Amon illustrated his claims by highlighting an industry report which has indicated that by 2020 there will be 100 smart cities in India, adding that the country will be carried along in the wave of global internet-of-everything deployment.


Telecoms & Internet, Qualcomm, Digital India

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