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Cheaper servers in India by June

Minister of Communications & Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran announced this at Digital Summit in Mumbai, reports Shailesh Shekhar.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 18:25 IST

The Government is working on a plan to create speedier and cheaper servers to host websites and also create an Indian language translation browser.

At the Digital Summit in Mumbai, being organised by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the Minister of Communications & Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran announced that India would have its own server farm which would be ready by June.

This would offer server space in India to host websites. Right now, the servers are located in USA for which we need the international bandwidth. But with the launching of the server farms in India itself, we don't need this international bandwidth that will tremendously lessen the cost and make it speedier.

The Minister also announced creation of Indian language translation browser to enhance Internet content and bandwidth. During the summit Maran said, "In the Internet space, the growth will come because of the compelling content." But the problem is that while all the contents are in English, only five per cent of our population can read and write English. The estimate is that it will take around three years for this browser to fructify.

The minister said that broadband in India has really done well. He said, "It's been 367 days since we have launched broadband and we have already four hundred thousand BSNL and MTNL broadband connections. Incidently, if we add the private players, the number will go up to six hundred thousand."

He said that in the mobile sector too India was doing very well.

The Minister also said that Mumbai and Chennai are going to be the first cities to have cable TV on Internet.

Maran announced that the Government is also creating an information highway of state-wise area network and an allocation of Rs 3,300 crore has been made in this regard. This will enable an easy excess to the Govt functions.

The two-day Digital Summit is an initiative to promote and boost the domestic Internet Economy. The Summit has focused sessions, presentations and discussions, led by experts.

The objective of the summit is to absorb and share insights on challenges and strategies for Internet investment decisions, effective implementation pertaining to Internet access, content, commerce, communication and maximising returns on the web.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 14:02 IST