India’s Startup Village located in Kerala, the southern state known for its thriving tourism industry more than its technology prowess, got the fastest Internet connection in the country, at 1 Gbps on par with search giant Google’s Fiber network deployed in the US earlier.
The 1Gbps line was formally inaugurated by Kerala’s Chief Minister Oommen Chandy earlier this month. “We are not behind Silicon Valley. Our youngsters also are privy to the best available connectivity,’’ said Startup Village chairman Mr Sanjay Vijayakumar.
India is one of the countries where the average Internet speed is the lowest. Broadband penetration in India is at a pitiful 1.2 % and average Internet speed is barely 1 Mbps. Search giant Google launched 1 Gbps Internet connection in Kansas City, USA, earlier this year.
Startup Village in Kochi, Kerala is a public private incubator which wants to spawn nearly 1000 software product companies in the next 10 years.
Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys said that the Startup Village at Kochi is the first location of this national pilot, which would be replicated to other parts of India in the coming months.
Earlier, Kerala also announced a policy for student entrepreneurs, giving them 20 % attendance and 4 % grace marks if they start up during college.