As experts in the world of media, it’s in the job description that we have to stay tuned to all the current news. So when we found out that the man behind Facebook aka Mark Zuckerberg was making his way to India specifically to meet our very own resident superhero and newly elected PM, we knew this was the stuff that made headlines.

As fellow Indian you might already know that our nation ranks high in terms of population and a large quantity of Facebook users are from India. According to Zuckerberg India has the potential to be the first country in which Facebook deploys drones to provide broadband connectivity in remote and inaccessible area.

Zuckerberg has big plans for the development of India’s internet usage. During his short stay here he travelled to as many parts of India as time would permit and spoke to people in different walks of life. India is a diverse nation and even in the 21st century a majority of the population do not have access to basic necessities let alone internet & social networking sites. He proposed that Facebook could contribute to India’s Rs 21,000-crore NOFN project on last-mile connectivity. He spoke of alternate technology such as drones and satellite communications playing a critical part in this last-mile linkage.

Under the government’s ambitious Digital India initiative, the government plans use the NOFN project to deliver e-services in areas such as health, education etc to every nook and corner of the country.

However Zuckerberg intends to target the end consumer–homes, schools, hospitals and other institutions which may require wireless technology, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. This is where Facebook senses an opportunity to use its yet-to-be-developed drones.

We completely understand why the Indian government is so keen on Facebook’s participation in helping to develop India’s Digital Programme. This whole plan has a lot of potential to help in develop the nation as a whole.

We completely understand why the Indian government is so keen on Facebook’s participation in helping to develop India’s Digital Programme. This whole plan has a lot of potential to help in develop the nation as a whole.

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