The state government of Telangana on February 21, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taoyuan City of Taiwan for better technology partnership in the state, as a part of the closing ceremony of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018.
The agreement was signed and exchanged between the Principal Secretary to Government, Jayesh Ranjan and Director of the Board, Taoyuan City, Robert Huang in the presence of Telangana’s IT Minister KT Rama Rao.
Taoyuan is one of the fastest growing cities with respect to entrepreneurship, innovation and IoT and Government of Telangana have agreed to partner with it.
Speaking on the occasion, KT Rama Rao stated that the WCIT, which was conducted in India for the first time, was a grand success with about 2,500 delegates attending it. He added that the new technologies will be beneficial to people and society at large and the state will go forward by using the technology in various sectors including health, education and agriculture.
About the World Congress on Information Technology
• Known as the Olympics of the Global ICT Industry, the summit was first held in 1978 by the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA).
• The forum brings together over 2,500 visionaries, industry pioneers, heads of state and academics from more than 80 countries.
• The 2018 edition was the first-ever to be organised in India. Telangana was the state partner.
• It was hosted by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).
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• The Telangana government showcased its ambitious Fiber Grid (T-Fiber) program at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018.
• It established a Technology Demonstration Network (TDN), which is the pilot of the program, covering nearly 50 government offices and households in four villages of Ranga Reddy district and showcased the services being offered.
• T-Fiber is the government’s initiative to establish the infrastructure to enable affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity and digital services to 10 Zones (31 Districts), 584 Mandals, 8,778 Gram Panchayats, 10,128 villages, 83.58 lakh households and more than 3.5 crore people.
• The state will be investing Rs 5,500 crore into the project.
• With the help of T-fiber, the state government aims to provide 15 Mbps speed internet connection to one crore houses in the state by the end of this year.