In recognition of the transformative impact of the Internet, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and MYGOV are jointly organizing the “Bharat Internet Utsav” celebration.
The Internet has become an essential tool for connectivity, knowledge sharing, and socio-economic development. The DoT has implemented several initiatives to ensure affordable and high-quality Internet access across the country, particularly in remote and economically challenging areas. These efforts are made possible through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), which aims to provide Internet connectivity to all citizens.
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Significant procedural, structural, and legal reforms have facilitated the rapid rollout of 5G infrastructure in India. Within a span of nine months, over 2.7 lahks 5G sites have been installed, averaging almost one site per minute. As a result, India has emerged as one of the top three 5G ecosystems in the world. This progress has been complemented by the reduction in data costs to approximately ₹10 per GB, making internet access more affordable for the general population.
Human stories play a crucial role in inspiring and empowering others to embrace digital technology and seek similar transformations in their own lives. These stories demonstrate the incredible ways in which the internet has positively impacted the lives of people across various regions in our country.
About the ‘Bharat Internet Utsav’
The Ministry of Communications has launched the “Bharat Internet Utsav” initiative to celebrate the transformative power of the internet in the lives of citizens. This initiative aims to highlight the positive impact of various internet-driven advancements in areas such as mobile connectivity, Fiber to the Home, Fiber to the Business, PM Wi-Fi Access Network Initiative (PM-WANI), and more. These advancements have significantly improved the lives of people, especially in rural areas and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to digital tools like UPI, DBT, COWIN, Digi Locker, and others has been made possible through the digital infrastructure.
- As part of the Bharat Internet Utsav campaign, the Ministry is encouraging the sharing of real-life stories that showcase the positive effects of the internet in bridging the digital divide across the country, regardless of geographical location.
- These stories can highlight social, economic, cultural, and other transformations brought about by the internet.
- Through the collaboration with MyGov, videos showcasing these transformations are invited under the theme “Bharat Internet Utsav – Celebrate the power of the Internet.”
- As part of the ‘Bharat Internet Utsav’ initiative, citizens are invited to share their personal stories through videos of up to 2 minutes in length.
- These videos should highlight how the internet has transformed their lives and can be shared on various social media platforms using the hashtag #BharatInternetUtsav.
- Alternatively, participants can upload their videos to a drive link and submit the same link on the MYGOV platform.
- The best stories will be rewarded with prizes of up to ₹15,000.
- The contest will be conducted on MYGOV from 07.07.2023 to 21.08.2023.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is committed to ensuring secure, reliable, affordable, and high-quality telecommunication services that are accessible to all. These efforts aim to foster inclusive socio-economic development and empower individuals through convenient and advanced communication services, regardless of their location.
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Bharat Internet Utsav – FAQs
How does the Internet work?
What is the history of the Internet in India?
In 1995, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) opened up the Internet to the public. The first commercial Internet service provider (ISP) in India was Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL), which was later renamed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).