NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is emerging as the most preferred destination for mobile manufacturing. Addressing the India Mobile Congress via video conferencing, he said that every village in India will have high-speed optical fibre data network connectivity in three years.
“India is emerging as the most preferred destination for mobile manufacturing. We have also come up with a production linked incentive scheme to promote telecom equipment manufacturing in India. Let us work together to make India a global hub for telecom equipment, design, development and manufacturing,” he said.
“We need to work together to ensure a timely roll-out of 5G to leapfrog into the future and empower millions of Indians,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the country will embark on one of the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive with the help of mobile technology.
“Today we are a country with billion-plus phone users, we have a billion-plus people with unique digital identity, we have over 750 million users, the scale and speed of internet penetration can be seen by following facts,” he said.
“Half of the total internet users in India were added in the last 4 years, half of the total internet users are in rural areas, our digital size and digital appetite are unprecedented. We are in a country where the tariff is the lowest in the world. We are one of the fast-growing mobile app markets in the world. The digital potential of our nation is unparallel,” he added.
PM Modi said that the government is able to provide benefits worth billions of dollars to millions of Indians due to mobile technology.
“Because of mobile technology that we were able to help the poor and vulnerable quickly during the pandemic. Because of mobile technology that we are seeing billions of cashless transactions which boost formalisation and transparency. Because of mobile technology that we will enable smooth contactless interface on toll booths,” he said.