Information technology (IT) is becoming one of the major contributors of gross domestic product (GDP) growth recorded in India in recent years. It is primarily driven by IT services industry. India is empowering world’s biggest corporates through its IT services; however, back home, it still lacks the basic infrastructure to compete with the global markets. In spite of revolutionizing the IT industry worldwide, major areas such as government sector that serves as a custodian for information and communication technology (ICT) adoption in rural markets (around 67 percent of the total population in India as of 2015 is in rural markets, according to World Bank) are slow in the uptake of new advanced ICTs for improved efficiency in service delivery and monitoring.
With an objective to address this issue, Indian Government in 2014 launched a comprehensive program called Digital India, which focuses on several aspects from building the backend technologies for effective connectivity in rural areas to digital empowerment of the citizens of the country and transforming government to e-government services. This initiative is not only restricted to the scope of the Digital India campaign but also fuels innovations in other ICT areas to support the initiative.
There are several technology areas under ICT such as data acquisition, data analysis, and data distribution that are experiencing innovations in recent years in India driven by government support. This research service explores the impact of digitization on the ICT industry in India. The report also highlights the key enabling technologies and their convergence prospects to envision the future opportunities of growth in the region for both Indian technology developers as well as for participants from outside India to penetrate into the Indian market.
In brief, this research service provides the following:
A brief snapshot of the Digital India program and its need
Initiative from the government to facilitate digitization in India
Key ICTs facilitating digitization in India
Key participants under each enabling technology segments
Impact and growth prospect of the ICT industry through digitization
Key future ready innovations from the region