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Google wants every Indian to be connected to the Internet, says CEO Pichai

  • Google today made
    clear its intention to bring more Indians, especially women, online and offer
    them “full Internet”, as it consolidates efforts to provide people in
    developing countries better connectivity and high-quality software.
    • Google today made
      clear its intention to bring more Indians, especially women, online and offer
      them “full Internet”, as it consolidates efforts to provide people in
      developing countries better connectivity and high-quality software.


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    • The tech giant will
      help women from three lakh villages across India to get online in three years,
      and as part of this initiative, it is expanding the Bicycle for Women programme
      nationally, CEO Sundar Pichai said at the ‘Google for India’ event in the
      national capital.
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    • Pichai is on a
      two-day visit to India,
      his first overseas trip after he took over as CEO of the restructured Google in
      August.
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    • “Our focus is on
      bringing Internet access to everyone, making sure our products are working for
      them in a meaningful way, and then ensure our platform allows them to add their
      voice to the Internet,” Pichai said.
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    • Google expects more
      than 500 million Indians to be online by 2018, up from around 300 million
      today. But with most new users accessing the Internet via cheap smartphones
      instead of desktops, poor mobile connectivity is forcing the company to adapt
      how it structures and sells software, he said.
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    • Among a host of other
      announcements, the Chennai-born Pichai said Google would train two million
      Indian developers for its Android operating system by 2019, expand presence in
      the country and bring the ambitious Project Loon to India soon.  
    •  
    • Project Loon proposes
      to provide Internet connectivity from balloons floating at a height of 20 km
      above the earth’s surface on a pilot basis. The idea is to connect remote areas
      of the country using LTE or 4G technology through the balloons, which can
      transmit as far as 40 km from their diameter, according to Google.
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    • The Internet mogul
      said it will build a new campus and ramp-up engineering operations in Hyderabad to make products for India. It will also heighten hiring
      in Bengaluru.
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    • Pichai also said the
      company is working with Indian Railways to bring Wi-Fi service to 100 stations,
      with Mumbai Central the first to go online in January. Google is also looking
      to increase the number of local languages available on Android’s virtual
      keyboard to target non-English speakers.

     

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