As you well know, India is the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. And among other things, its mobile market is quickly evolving, as more buy their first mobile device, while others are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade to a better one. And with such a huge number of possible customers, it’s now wonder why so many companies are looking to bank on this potential.
Now, according to fresh data coming from India’s telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and reported by NDTV, it seems that around 955 million mobile phone connections have been taken by India’s 1.20 billion population. Thus, India is quickly approaching the whopping 1 billion number. Here’s what more the Minister said:
There were 300 million Internet connections in the country till last year which was more than the United States and next to China. In the use of smartphones, India is next only to the US
Prasad also said that the Telecom Ministry was looking to implement the Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) programme which is aimed at the research and development of language technologies, software tools and applications for Indian languages. The ministry is looking to come up with software tools and fonts for the 22 constitutionally-recognised Indian languages, in order to further support the growth of the mobile market in all areas of the country.
The TDIL programme is looking to create such tools as machine translation, optical character recognition, text to speech, sanskrit tools, monolingual search engines, keyboard drivers for Android-based mobile devices, OCR, cross lingual information, text to speech, automatic speech recognition and many others.