Lot needs to be done towards digitisation: Telecom Secretary

DoT Secretary JS Deepak
The pace of digitisation in India is impressive but still a lot needs to be done, Telecommunications Secretary JS Deepak said in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

JS Deepak was speaking at the second edition of the Global Exhibition on Services, organized by the commerce department, SEPC and CII at the India Expo Centre and Mart.

JS Deepak, citing a recent survey bringing out how internet is the innovation with the most transformational impact, to impress how the growth of smart phones, especially availability of cheaper phones, will boost the use of data services, open up new markets and boost e-commerce.

JS Deepak also mentioned the flip side. “People with no access to internet or smart phones will get more and more marginalised thus widening the digital divide. This will not only lead to greater asymmetry in information, but also asymmetry in opportunity,” he said. “Three areas that needed focus to bridge this divide – connectivity, language and digital illiteracy – and government and industry must work together to address these.”

About the second challenge, language, he said while most mobile communication at present take place in English but by January 1, 2017, mobile devices will be enabled for English, Hindi and one vernacular language.

Simultaneously, technology-enabled language conversions are also underway to enable people to access data in different languages.

On the issue of digital illiteracy, JS Deepak defined a digitally literate family as one where at least one person in the household can use a computer or mobile app, and said the National Digital Literacy Mission is expected to boost digital literacy in a big way.

JS Deepak said bridging the digital divide will have far-reaching benefits, socially and economically.

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