Rajan Anandan, Vice President, South East Asia and India, Google held his audience at the Inspiration Series event on June 13 spellbound as he unveiled the vision, future plans and approach to business of the company that revolutionised the way the Internet is used across the world. The talk at the MCA in BKC, Mumbai was part of the ongoing Inspiration Series organised by Palanpur Online and Palanpur Samaj Kendra.
“Our vision is to ‘Connect every Indian to the Internet’,” Anandan began, adding that Google hoped to achieve this by 2030. In a lighter vein he said that there may still be some homes without basic facilities like toilets, but given the spread of smart phones and the recent upgrading of the basic infrastructure by mobile companies, every Indian could still be linked to the Net.
Pinpointing the launch of Jio as a turning point for the mobile telecom industry, he said the attractive deal not only brought in a number of new users, but also prompted other telecom players to enhance their technology. There had been a boom in smart phone and net usage as a result, Anandan said. “Today, there are 400 million Internet users in the country, and 300 million connect through smart phones.” Google expects these numbers to rise to 650 mn and 500 mn respectively by 2020.
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Huge businesses could be built with the digitisation of sectors like Financial Inclusion, Agriculture, Public Transport, Healthcare, Education or Hygiene & Sanitation for the population that falls in India 2. He cited the examples of Hello English, the largest English language training platform in India with 14 million learners using the App of whom about one million are active daily, and EMB, which offered various types of services to farmers on a ‘pay-by-use’ basis using digital Apps.
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