Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today said his company will take low-cost broadband technology to some five lakh villages across the country. This is intended towards partnering in the Digital India Programmme.

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Satya Nadella at the dinner hosted here in the honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that Microsoft wants to make things and make things happen.

The Microsoft’s plan is to partner with Indian Government to bring broadband connectivity to 500,000 villages in India.

Nadella said,

“We believe that low-cost broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes,”

This in turn, he argued, would drive more affordable products and services and access to opportunity to all of India.

Next week, Microsoft would announce availability of its cloud services operating out of India’s data centers which he said “This is a big milestone,”

Nadella said, “A key part of both Make in India and Digital India, bringing world class infrastructure into India, respecting India s digital security, sovereignty and privacy is a key milestone for us,”

“Narendra Modi’s vision is absolutely right and I think he is pushing the right agenda,” he added.

India can “leapfrog” in the technology infrastructure space to drive the next level of productivity, efficiency and creativity for Indian government, businesses and consumers, he said.

Nadella said Microsoft is working with the Andhra Pradesh government to take the enrolment data of schools and using machine learning to understand which students and schools have higher drop out rates.

Asked if he was worried about the regulatory hassles that often trouble multinational firms, Nadella said the the company has been present in India for over 20 years.

“We are committed to the long term. We understand the legitimate rights of each country, when its come to digital security and that is one of the fundamental reason why we invested in cloud in India,” he said.

Earlier last month Microsoft had agreed to support ‘digital villages’ in Maharashtra and develop a ‘smart MIDC’ apart from setting up a cyber-security centre in Pune.

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