Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be visiting India on November 5. He will deliver the keynote address at the tech giant’s two-day conference, titled “Future Unleashed”, for its partners, developers and customers in Mumbai.
The visit of Nadella comes close on the heels of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Delhi recently. The India-born CEO of Microsoft is expected to unveil the tech giant’s plans for a digital India, which is one of the key themes of the government.
Nadella, who is on his second official visit to India is also expected to meet the corporate leaders of India Inc with representation from companies such as Mahindra Group, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and Tata Group among others.
During the landmark visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley, US, where he met the top executives of the tech giants including Microsoft, Nadella had spoken about how the company’s cloud services from its data centres in India will be a key element for the ‘Make in India’ and Digital India projects.
Nadella stressed on the need for low-cost broadband connectivity coupled with cloud computing to drive efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses. He had spoken about reaching to about 50,000 villages in India and bring them under technology umbrella.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India theme has numerous projects being unveiled by the global technology companies in the country.
According to reports, search giant Google is working with the government on a pilot project for providing internet connectivity using large balloons. Google, under its ‘Project Loon’, is using big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometers above earth surface for transmission of internet services. It has already tested this technology in New Zealand, California (the US) and Brazil.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about how India cannot be ignored as the world marches into the next wave of technology. Global technology companies are taking keen interest in India given the size and scope of this market with smartphones being the biggest penetrating point for internet connectivity.