Congratulations on 20th anniversary of World WiFi Day on 20 June 2019, a global initiative to celebrate the role of WiFi in bridging the Digital Divide globally.
As per ITU estimates, only 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the Internet by the end of 2018. The majority of the remaining offline population is located in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions, comprising of unserved and underserved areas. There is a huge digital divide across rural-urban, gender and socio-economic categories.
The National Digital Communication Policy of Govt. of India, has set the goal of achieving 100% broadband for all by 2022 as a tool for socio-economic development, while ensuring service quality and environmental sustainability, as the Connect India Mission. 10 million public WiFi hotspots are envisaged to be setup under this mission for digitally empowering the unserved and underserved segments.
TSDSI’s activities are aligned to achieving these goals by carrying out studies to identify India specific requirements and appropriate solutions, and incorporation of the same in global standards.