Intel India announced the launch of an industry-wide movement called the 'Connected Indians' where government, industry associations and private enterprise have come together for the common cause of connecting a billion Indians.
The movement is intended to mobilise people, resources and infrastructure to connect citizens to information, ideas, people, capital and services leading to overall development and future success.
R Sivakumar, managing director, Intel South Asia, said: "Intel recognises that the Internet is capable of transforming lives and the future of our country. Through the 'Connected Indians' movement we hope to achieve precisely that. This movement is privileged to be supported by the government, ecosystem partners as well as numerous other industry stalwarts. We expect to see the momentum for this initiative building up rapidly."
Thiru A Raja, Hon'ble Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said, "Earlier this year I outlined my digital vision for India at the World Congress of IT in Kuala Lumpur: 500 million Indians connected to the Internet and its unlimited opportunities, with more than l00 million broadband connections, and 100 million broadband enabled devices to drive this 'Connected Indian' milieu leading to the development and growth of a vibrant economy – all by 2012. Since then we have made much progress and my ministry is well on its way to executing this task."
BSNL, Google, Reliance Communications, Croma and Tata Indicom have also pledged their support to this cause.
Going forward the 'Connected Indians' movement will continue to build momentum with more and more partners joining the cause to accelerate broadband adoption, a series of public outreach activities and more affordable devices for the consumer.