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Nokia to develop 500 smart & sustainable villages

Nokia has announced its Smartpur project that aims to develop 500 digitally-integrated and sustainable villages across India in line with the government’s vision of Digital India. In phase 1 of the project, a pilot has been rolled out in Haryana and Tamil Nadu with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as the implementation partner to develop 10 such villages in each state. The pilot in Tain village, Nuh district, Haryana was inaugurated today by the Ambassador of Finland, Ms Nina Vaskunlahti.

 

In phase 1 of the project, 20 villages will be digitally integrated in Haryana and Tamil Nadu in a hub and spoke model. Tain village in Nuh district Haryana and Asoor in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu will serve as hubs which will host a digital center with telecom connectivity to provide ICT-enabled, primary services across each of the 5 pillars to rural community. The spoke centers will further extend these services to 9 other villages from each hub. In phase 2, the project will be scaled up to up to another 80 villages across various states. Subsequently, it will be extended to another 400 villages over a period of five years.

 

Sanjay Malik, Head of India, Nokia, said, “At Nokia, we believe connecting the unconnected opens up opportunities in many areas and has tremendous potential to enable socioeconomic empowerment of individual as well as communities. Globally, Nokia works with governments, NGOs, our customers and vendors to drive access for all. The Smartpur initiative is our contribution to delivering the benefits of broadband infrastructure and services to the ‘telecom-dark’ areas and support the government’s vision of Digital India for a more inclusive growth.”

 

Ms Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland, said, “India is on the brink of a phenomenal digital journey which can only be successful if it is all inclusive. Smartpur project is a significant step in that direction which will integrate these villages and rural communities, providing digital tools and internet connectivity for social and economic impact that truly makes a village smart and fosters a digitally inclusive society.”