Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates has said that no country in the world has built a more comprehensive digital infrastructure than India. He underlined that prior to digital infrastructure, accomplishing the number of bank accounts that the country has today would have taken 50 years.
During his visit to India early March, Gates acknowledged India’s competitive private market, reliable and low-cost connectivity. He said that India will be one of the “cheapest 5G markets” globally. The country already sees a great digital network and high levels of smartphone use with really good connectivity.
Gates was speaking at a session held under India’s G20 Presidency on March 1. He said, the push for being among the cheapest 5G network providers would be on the back of a competitive private market, and there is a scope of replicating India’s low-cost digital public infrastructure models across some of the developing nations like Kenya and Brazil, “where the costs of such deliveries continue to be high”.
Gates met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 3. He called the conversation with the Prime Minister to be the “highlight” of his India trip that made him “more optimistic” about the country’s potential to make strides in the fields of health, climate change, and technology.