Bengaluru joined the privileged association of select global cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul with the launch of 1 Gbps wired broadband internet service by internet service provider ACT Fibernet.
Hyderabad is another city where the Bengaluru-based firm introduced the service in March.
The state IT Minister Priyank Kharge launched the service, and said the Giga city tag that Bengaluru has now gained with this service will further strengthen the City’s position as a true global city. “Bengaluru has been most adaptable to digital change, and has always been in the forefront of technology and innovation,” he added.
The Minister also stated that about 6000 startups have registered with the State Government and there are about 700 incubation seats in Bengaluru. He insist on the ACT to offer 1 Gbps service to these startups and incubation centres, besides the government offices in Vidhana Soudha and Bangalore One citizen centres, at a special discount rate. CEO Bala Malladi responded positively to the Minister’s request, and agreed to provide a concession to the cost price of the service
“With future-ready technology and extensive fiber broadband connectivity, we believe we are a disruptor in the Indian broadband industry,” said Malladi.
In the election year of 2004, John Kerry, then a Democrat hopeful, had called Bangalore a completely-wired city. “If Bangalore in India can be completely wired, then so should all of America”. In that US election campaign, internet connectivity was a major campaign issue for both Republicans and Democrats.
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Jatin Bhatia, From ITvoir News Desk