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Meaningful Digital Connectivity Remains A Challenge In Northeast India

States in India’s northeastern region lag in terms of internet use and digital adoption of services due to low internet penetration and overall development besides the lack of IT infrastructure
December 13, 2023
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An estimated 2.6 million people in Asia and the Pacific region are still don't have access to digital connectivity, said Atsuko Okuda, regional director, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), at the 7th Community Network Exchange and the 8th e-North East conclave held in Guwahati in end-November. She also pointed out that only seven years remain for achieving the overarching aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of “Leave No One Behind” by the target year of 2030.

Osama Manzar, founder and director of the Digital Empowerment Foundation, added that even those who are connected are not meaningfully connected, while the unconnected are suffering for being off the grid. 

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Ninglun Hanghal

She is an Imphal based freelance journalist and writes on the most burning issues in the north-east for some of India’s leading publications. With her extensive contacts in the region, she gets details and information, which are difficult to gather. She writes on current affair, politics, gender issues and human rights.