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New Delhi: Asserting that there is a need for all the telecom service providers who are operating in India to ramp up their network facilities to improve service quality, Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said he does not wish to be known as “call drop minister”.

“I regret to say very frankly it took a lot of nudging on my part to all of you to publicly acknowledge that there is a need for improvement and spectrum is less, but you need to improve the network. I am sorry, I don’t want to be known as call drop minister, sorry, I am very clear ,” he said at the second edition of Ericsson’s ‘Broadband for All’ Summit, organized in partnership with the Swedish Embassy and Cellular Operators’ Association of India.

The government is accountable to peoples convenience, the operators must rise to the occasion to reinforce their networks where infrastructure is lacking, operators must invest,

Referring to Bharti Entreprises chairman Sunil Mittal’s address earlier in the event, Prasad said, “I am complimenting you for Rs.60,000 crore, they must be used very quickly and I would hold you for your larger commitment that you said on July in the presence of prime minister (Narendra Modi) that you will invest Rs.80,000 crore. I hope you remember that.”

This year is the largest capex year for Airtel, we will be spending about Rs.16,000 crore on network,

On Monday, Bharti Airtel announced an investment of Rs.60,000 crore which will go into capital expenditure on fibre, cables and changing older networks.

(Inputs from IANS)

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“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discussed on Data Sovereignty, Digital India”, Says Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Data sovereignty and localisation have been a matter of concern and major technology companies which are mostly based out of India and store data outside the country

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"We talked on issue of data sovereignty which is a work in progress," Prasad said, adding that Digital India was also discussed among several issues in the IT segment. Wikimedia Commons

 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking to reporters here after his meeting with Nadella, IT Minister Prasad said that it was a courtesy meeting which went “very good”.

“We talked on issue of data sovereignty which is a work in progress,” he said, adding that Digital India was also discussed among several issues in the IT segment.

Data sovereignty and data localisation have been major subjects of debate with the government having introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill in the Parliament last year.

Although the bill allows the transfer of personal data outside India, while transferring “sensitive” personal data outside the country a copy will have to be kept in the country. Data processing or collecting entities will, however, be barred from transferring “critical” personal data outside the country.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Wikimedia Commons

Data sovereignty and localisation have been a matter of concern and major technology companies which are mostly based out of India and store data outside the country.

The minister also told the media that he has offered the Microsoft Corporation CEO to adopt few villages in the country and transform them into digital villages in line with the government’s target of establishing one lakh digital villages.

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“We discussed a whole range of issues on IT, particularly i have offered to him… We have to establish one lakh digital villages. He can consider adopting some of these digital villages and mentoring it to become a beacon for others to follow,” he said. (IANS)