Last year in October, Mark Zuckerberg during his India visit announced one Sci-Fi kind of project as a contribution to Digital India movement. In Economic Times news was as bellow
Drones to provide broadband connectivity11 Oct, 2014India could be the first country in which Facebook deploys drones to provide broadband connectivity in remote and inaccessible areas!
Zuckerberg has proposed a pilot project to bridge the digital divide during his meeting with communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.According to people familiar with the discussions, the minister sought Facebook as a partner in the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) programme, which aims to connect 2.5 lakh village panchayats through high-speed broadband by 2017.
After reading this news my first reaction was 'This man must be kidding or Fooling around' , because I didn't see any immediate business against such a huge investment and most of the villages in India are still struggling for basic facilities like food,water and electricity. So, what will make them stick to facebook with free internet?
But today's news opened my eyes, and confirmed me that I was terrifically wrong in judgment and I have missed the great business opportunity :P . Jokes apart, when Indian giant like Reliance is shaking hand with FB for same project, then there must be two things for sure 1) Great business future 2) Huge fund allocated to project.
Facebook brings Internet push to India, ties with Reliance CommunicationsBy Reuters | 10 Feb, 2015, 01.21PM IST
(News Analyst) Vishal