According to the World Bank, as much as 80 per cent of India is yet to be connected to the Internet. This large population of unconnected Indians largely live in rural and remote locations of India, where mainstream Internet Service Providers see little benefit in making available their services. It is in these areas that Digital Empowerment Foundation deploys its Wireless for Communities programme, an initiative with the Internet Society and Ford Foundation, that involves utilisation of unlicensed spectrum through frugal technology.
Wireless for Communities is now in its Phase VII. In this phase, we have connected the Little Rann of Kutch via project Zero Connect and the slums of Hyderabad via project Safa Network. We are now motivated to connect the rest.