It's no hidden news that the now almost two years old Modi government is focused on transforming India into a digital haven, where the wealthiest of the wealthiest and poorest of the poorest are connected to the internet.

In its efforts to extend a helping hand to the Indian government, two of the greatest names in the country, The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) and Nokia, have come together and joined hands. The two will work towards creating technological solutions that will increase the current broadband connectivity situation in the rural India.

Under the terms agreed in the 3-year partnership deal between the two, Nokia will responsible for providing funds and technological expertise for research at the prestigious IIT-M’s Center of Excellence for Wireless Technology (CEWiT).

The project is aimed at evaluating the option of making use of unlicensed spectrum that will make cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity a reality for the remote rural communities in India. The project, which complements the government’s National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) initiative well, can help in bridging the connectivity divide currently present in the country by increasing the reach of broadband in its rural areas.

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is one of the premier institutes of the country, providing higher technological education, basic and applied research. Nokia, on the other hand, is a global leader in the technological world connecting people and things all around the world.

According to Nokia, India as a country is on the edge of a digital revolution. With the successful implementation of this project, Nokia's prime social development objective for the country will be met.

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