Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s show ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’, has hailed the digital revolution driven by Jio in India.
Zakaria had recently visited India. He shared his observations from his trip with Zakka Jacob, Managing Editor, CNN-News18.
Speaking on India’s progress in the past few years, Zakaria singled out three key ongoing revolutions driving the country forward: Aadhar, Jio, and physical infrastructure capabilities.
Elaborating on the Jio revolution, he said, “Earlier, the number of Indians connected to the internet was astonishingly low because broadband fibre, laying of cable lines in India was very difficult. Jio completely leapfrogged this by connecting Indians to the internet via 4G and cheap smartphones at very low prices. And so, India went from 121st on data usage, to now being No.1 and it's larger than No.2 China and No.3 USA put together.”
Commending Mukesh Ambani’s vision, ambition and execution, Zakaria added, “Jio is a $40+ billion bet, largest bet and largest investment ever made by an Indian private sector company and its paid off. If you look at the IPL numbers, they are extraordinary and the sophistication with which IPL is being transmitted - with 6 camera angles, 14 languages - is innovative by global standards.”
Zakaria hailed Jio as a shining example of India's potential to lead the world in technology and innovation.