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India has over 800 million broadband users: MeitY

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More than 800 million people in India use broadband, and there are nearly 1.2 billion mobile users, the Minister of State of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Rajeev Chandrasekhar, announced at India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) 2022.

The event’s second edition was held online between December 9-11 and focused on the roadmap of digital India and how the country will perform globally online in the coming years.

“We are the world’s largest ‘connected’ nation with 800 million Indian users. 5G and the largest rural broadband connectivity network project at BharatNet will have 1.2 billion Indian users constituting the single largest presence of the global internet,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MOS, MeitY. “The deep involvement by all stakeholders will be the third leg of this Global Standard Cyber Law Framework that we hope will catalyze the Indian internet and the economy.”

India has over 800 million broadband users: MOS MeitY

IIGF aims to unite all stakeholders in the global internet governance ecosystem, including government, industry, civil society, and academia — as equal participants in the larger Internet Governance discourse.

The event was focused on the digitization roadmap, opportunities and possibilities, and challenges in India, besides positioning it as the global leader in the domain by highlighting its role and importance in the International Policy development on Internet Governance.

“We are looking at building laws which ensure the privacy, protection, data, security and safety of our citizens. We are also looking at how to create a trillion-dollar digital economy in the next three years,” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary, MeitY.

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