The fiber-to-house internet connection via the BharatNet system will connect up to 100,000 grams of panchayats in the next financial year.
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The Union's 2020 budget has suggested pushing technology and digital connectivity forward in India. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that the government will set up data center parks in India to drive digital connectivity and further invest in BharatNet. The government has also proposed to allocate rupees 8,000 for quantum technology-related computing over the next 5 years.
“I suggest setting up data center parks. The IT industry should also check this. This will help to better store and distribute data, ”said Sitharaman. The finance minister also said that India knew how to share the economy with aggregators and oust regular businesses. She stressed that analytics, IoT and AI are changing the way the global economy works and India needs to focus on that.
The government is proposing a directive to build data centers across the country. The Union budget for 2020 also provides that all public institutions at the Gram Panchayat level will be digitally networked. "All public facilities at the gram panchayat level will have digital connectivity, and Fiber to Home will connect 1-lakh gram panchayats," said Sitharaman. This is a big boost for the Digital India initiative. The fiber-to-house internet connection via the BharatNet system will connect up to 100,000 grams of panchayats in the next financial year. The government is providing 6,000 rupees for the expansion of BharatNet.
Towards the end of last year, there were significant movements in the area of data center parks in India. In July, the Adani Group announced that it would invest up to 70,000 rupees in the establishment of solar-powered data parks in Andhra Pradesh. Real estate giant Hiranandani Group announced that it has an investment plan of 14,000 rupees for data center parks in India. Oracle also announced the launch of its Gen 2 cloud region in Mumbai, with another planned in Hyderabad.
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