The Indian government is planning to launch 100-megawatt televisions by 2021 in 100 urban areas, as part of its plan to expand broadband access.
The initiative is a major milestone for the country, which has struggled to build enough high-speed internet connections in the country.
The initiative is part of a larger plan to increase broadband access across the country to 150 million people by 2022, according to the government.
The goal is to provide free access to the internet to 100 million people, including the country’s rural poor, as well as the countrys most vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly.
A senior official in the telecommunications ministry, which is responsible for the rollout, said the initiative was expected to generate nearly Rs 2,500 crore in additional revenue annually for the government, including a subsidy of Rs 2.25 lakh per household, the National Herald reported.
“The objective is to expand connectivity across the population, particularly rural and underprivileged sections, which currently have limited internet access,” the official told the newspaper.
“Our aim is to make broadband available to all segments of the population including the poorest.”
The plan was launched during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to India earlier this year, when he announced plans to connect 100 million Indians with the internet by 2021.
Modi, a self-styled ‘Digital India’ who has launched a campaign to boost broadband availability, also promised to bring about a “new model of digital transformation.”
“India is a nation of 1.2 billion people.
We need to be able to provide a decent broadband service to the entire population, and it is our aim to bring this to all people,” he said at the time.
Modis ambitious digital plan includes building more than 10,000 kilometres of broadband roads and providing free internet access to more than 4.2 million households, among other measures.