November 6, 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s plans for the ambitious Digital India programme include an experimental technology pilot in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi.
The software giant has chosen the pilgrim town in Uttar Pradesh as the venue for a project to fund local entrepreneurs aiming to build devices that can overcome India’s bandwidth crunch, according to Mr. Nadella.
Mr. Nadella, who was in Mumbai to introduce Microsoft’s Future Unleashed business partnership programme, said on Thursday that his company would use idle television broadcasting spectrum to operate devices developed by the local entrepreneurs.
Varanasi is among Microsoft’s two pilot projects in India to provide low-cost Internet to villages, the first being a government school in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.