‘IT exports will cross 80-bln-dollar mark by 2011′

November 14th, 2007 - 2:47 am ICT by admin  
Speaking at an awards ceremony of the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council here, Raja said that his Ministry has a plan to connect the nation with a network of communication technologies using optic fiber and wireless connections, and providing facility to interact in 22 local languages.

The Ministry is in the process of implementation of an ambitious e-Governance project right across the country, which consists of 27 Mission Mode Projects, he said, adding that 100,000 broadband-enabled Internet Common Service Centres were being established across the country to connect the citizens of rural areas to the World Wide Web.

“These changes will have a direct bearing on the rural connectivity, governance, PC penetration, employment, quality of education for the underprivileged and those in the small towns and villages, artisans, craftsmen, farmers and more importantly on IT exports from the country,” Raja said.

With the range of telecom density that has been targeted, broadband connectivity of 20 million connections by 2010 and accelerated growth in Internet and PC penetration set at 40 million, the country would have not only a groundswell of export capacities built into the system, but also proliferation of ranks of knowledge leaders and workers, he said.

The Minister further said that he foresaw tier two, three and four cities becoming IT hubs, which will help the industry to maintain the labour advantage and augment the supply of manpower.

“With the type of revolution that is taking place in the IT connectivity, one can set up a software unit in the remotest of the places and beat the cost push that has been experienced in the segment on account of spiraling real estate prices and wage level,” he said, adding that in a way, this would take the benefits of economic liberalization and higher development across the length and breadth of the country and help in empowering the masses.

Electronic hardware is also going to be an equally significant export driver of the future, Raja said. The government is looking very closely at a strategy to build capacities in the hardware sector. (ANI)

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