The conversation about Internet connectivity in India has been confined to the rise of 4G for a while now. Telcos like Airtel and Vodafone have already started 4G services in various cities, while everyone awaits Reliance Jio’s entry, hoping it would boost faster data services that we all yearn for. Smartphone adoption has been growing in India at an absurdly fast pace, and literally, everyone wants a piece of the business that this market brings with it. But really, what we miss out among all this is that, while India does have 2G, 3G and 4G networks operational, the state of the Internet in the country is anything but good. Interestingly, of all companies, Google took up this question today, even if it was inadvertently.
How did Google do that? The company has been at the centre of the smartphone revolution, but at its event in India today, Google mentioned 4G and faster Internet speeds, exactly zero number of times. A lot was said about what the company is doing for India, and Google is doing a staggering amount of work to ensure that its services can function on 2G networks. Yes, you read that right, 2G networks.