The Indian government’s Digital India initiative has fast leapfrogged us into the 21st century, but digitised India is not just about creating Wi-Fi spots but to use that connectivity to enhance lifestyles, Ashutosh Vasant, CMD and D(POM), RailTel, emphasised at the ongoing Convergence India Expo 2018, here.
“Wi-Fi is just a means of connectivity, it is an enabler, but what you do with that connectivity is more important -- are we able to use it for surveillance, lighting up the streets in the evening, to collect data at essential points which you could use for other services – this is what the next wave of digitisation should bring,” said Vasant.
India as an economy is embracing digital technologies while reaping benefits in areas of broadband expansion, eGovernance and citizen services delivered electronically.
And as the country is gearing up for next 5G revolution, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said the government has taken steps to prepare a test bed for this technology and is also collaborating with other nations to refine and adopt 5G.
And since a lot of change is happening and is expected to change in the digital world, policies must also evolve to aid such efforts in the digital world.
Speaking at Convergence India 2018, TRAI Chief RS Sharma said that, policies for new, digital world cannot be the same as those for physical world. These same policies cannot just be exported for digital space.
The advent of 5G is driving greater throughput, and is further facilitating machine-to-machine communication.
"The regulatory and policy space must evolve to cater to digital world and it has to leverage technologies, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, IoT,” Sharma noted.
Hosted by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group (EIG), the ongoing Convergence India Expo 2018 is themed around the Indian government's vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered economy.