The Telangana government aims to provide Internet connectivity to all households in the state under its ‘Digital Telangana’ initiative, IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said here yesterday. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outage
“We are trying to ensure providing Internet to each and every household in the state,” he told a Ficci-organised seminar on ‘Integrated Digital Solutions for a Smarter Telangana’. “We are making this ambitious target of providing Internet to every person in different ways through broadband connectivity, 4G, Wi-Fi and e-panchayats. We will ensure that ‘Internet For All’ does not mere just remain a slogan,” he added. Digital Telangana rests on two important pillars – supply component (“Internet For All”) and demand component (“Let us usher in Digital Democracy”), Ranjan said. “We are working on laying optic fibre to every household. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
There are more than 8.5 million households in the state and the opportunity that has arisen for us to accept such a daunting challenge,” he added. He further said that along with the government’s flagship Watergrid programme, wherein piped water is aimed to be supplied to each household, the project’s duct lines would also be used (same trenches) to put optical fibre cables to reach every household in the state. “Another way we are ensuring that Internet reaches everyone is by encouraging private telecom players to roll out 4G services,” Ranjan said, adding that two telecom firms have already announced that they want to roll out 4G services in the entire state by the end of this year. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
Similarly, in order to provide Internet facilities to everyone, the government wants to make Wi-Fi availability in Hyderabad, Warangal and other important towns. Another programme that the government has taken up is ‘e-Panchayats’, in which even if one does not have facility to access Internet at home, one can always utilize this platform to avail financial and citizen services, among others.