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NEW DELHI: The abysmally low penetration of the Internet in software giant India, as compared China, didn’t go unnoticed by Google chairman Eric Schmidt who is currently in India.
In the Indian capital to interact with with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) on Wednesday, Schmidt told Indian policy makers that their country was not harnessing the power of the Internet, warning that the nation was being left behind in the high-speed telecom sector.
India has just 150 million Internet connections in a population of 1.2 billion, compared to over 570 million in China.
Talking to CNBC-TV 18, the Google president said India is way “behind in the web services model that the rest of the world is adopting.’’
He said, “It is crucial for India to invest and enable fast fibre Internet connectivity within the country, between the country and the other countries.’’
In what should be a wake-up call for Indian policy planners, he said, “My guess would be that having been satisfied with the great success of IT, the Indian government and the leadership has made the same mistake that companies do, they rested on their own laurels.’’