All thanks to Rajiv Gandhi and Sam Pithroda, computers were introduced in India 
and from there on the success started. 

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> On 06-Apr-2018, at 7:31 AM, V M <> wrote:
> Catapulting ahead of the rest of the world, India is now by far the
> largest consumer of digital data via mobile smartphones. Today, the
> country uses over 1.3 gigabytes (GB) per month. That’s more than the
> data usage of China and the USA combined, which is the result of a
> staggering growth rate over the past three years. Just last week, the
> Department of Telecom (DoT) posted on Twitter, “Average data usage per
> subscriber grew 25 times from 62 MB per month in 2014 to 1.6 GB per
> month in 2017.” In tandem, there is an equally spectacular rise in the
> number of broadband users, from 61 million in March 2014 to 325
> million in September 2017. We are experiencing a dramatic
> technological revolution, with far-reaching effects for every possible
> dimension of politics, society, culture and the economy.
> Affordability is one main reason for the seemingly unstoppable surge
> in Indian data usage. Over the past three years, mobile internet
> tariffs have plunged over 90% to the lowest levels in the world, with
> a host of ambitious competitors bringing rates down to the range of
> just Rs. 4 per GB per day. This has translated into an explosion in
> demand. The DoT says, “Average data usage per subscriber grew 25 times
> from 62 MB per month in 2014 to 1.6 GB per month in 2017.” Now global
> content providers like Netflix and Amazon are readying themselves to
> exploit a potential goldmine. When the latter inaugurated its video
> services in India, more new users signed up in its first year than in
> any other country.
> Nested right alongside this dizzying growth is another marvellous
> success story. That is the exponential buildout of mobile phone
> manufacturing in multiple locations. Just last week, the Indian
> Cellular Association wrote to Telecom minister Manoj Sinha and IT
> minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ‘India has now emerged the second
> largest producer of mobile handset by volume.” While China still
> remains the dominant global player, India has quickly passed Vietnam
> and now accounts for 11% of global mobile production, which is an
> impressive jump from just 3% in 2014. Next year, the industry aims to
> achieve production of 500 million mobile handsets, with a value close
> to $50 billion.
> The stunning story of Indian telecom stands out particularly starkly
> because so much of the rest of the heavily-touted ‘Make in India”
> policy campaign has sputtered unevenly, after the twin shocks of
> demonetization and the poorly implemented GST regime. While foreign
> direct investment is at record levels, including significant emphasis
> on manufacturing, an atmosphere of anxiety continues to reign. At last
> calculation (around six months ago) the value of stalled manufacturing
> projects in India was over $200 billion. Meanwhile, products made in
> China dominate countless market segments across the country despite
> transportation costs and tariffs upwards of 10%.
> Here it should be noted that India’s fantastically cheap mobile data
> has not yet resulted in any appreciable improvements in the overall
> quality of service available. According to Ookla, makers of the most
> popular and accessible network speed tests, India ranks a lowly 67th
> in the world for fixed broadband speeds, and an abysmal 109th in terms
> of mobile internet speeds with an average of just 9 megabits per
> second (Mbps). For comparison, Norway (1 in the world) averages 62
> Mbps. Even right across the border, China ranks averaged 34 Mbps (26th
> in the world) while India is also behind Sri Lanka (82nd) and Pakistan
> (92nd).
> Ever since the Internet became widely available to the public,
> analysts have predicted that this “information superhighway” would
> have the greatest impact in India. This is because decades of poor
> infrastructure development – physical, political, economic and social
> – could potentially be neutralized, in one great leap to digital
> technology. Policy makers have been talking excitedly about this
> possibility for decades, but nothing of the sort ever happened, as
> computer penetration remained negligible per capita.
> Now, all of a sudden, everything is changing, and all we really know
> is this is a huge inflection point reverberating like an earthquake in
> the global marketplace. Last week, YouTube reported it has 225 million
> active monthly users from India. Indians on Facebook are the single
> largest national contingent. These are unprecedented events. Future
> generations are certain to point back in time to this precise moment,
> when hundreds of millions of young Indians came into the global
> marketplace, given access by a technological revolution. Together,
> they are going to make history.

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