Microsoft and AirJaldi Networks, a leading provider of internet connectivity solutions for rural areas, have joined forces through a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) titled ‘Contentful Connectivity.’ This strategic partnership aims to improve internet access and meaningful connectivity in rural regions of India by collaborating with private, public, and non-profit sectors. The initiative, part of the Microsoft Airband program, focuses on expanding AirJaldi Networks, fostering broadband adoption, digital transformation, and uplifting underserved communities.
Expansion of AirJaldi Networks
As part of the ‘Contentful Connectivity’ program, AirJaldi Networks will expand its network to three new states: Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha. The objective is to increase the number of network locations from 40 to 62 across 12 states, covering an additional 1,500 km of fiber network. This expansion will provide internet access to nearly 500,000 underserved beneficiaries across 20,000 sq. km.
To ensure extended reach and improved connectivity for underserved users, AirJaldi Networks will enhance both wireless and wired infrastructure in nine states. The program will also involve deploying and testing new connectivity technologies to enhance service quality and network sustainability. This infrastructure development will contribute to bridging the digital divide in rural India.
Skilling and Education Programs
The ‘Contentful Connectivity’ initiative aims to enhance skilling, education, and entrepreneurship training programs. The focus areas of these courses include women entrepreneurship, rural connectivity, digital productivity, employability skills, and AI fluency skills. Around 15,000 underserved community members, including women, youth, and high school children, will benefit from these training programs. The training will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face sessions, online learning modules via the Microsoft Community Training platform, and a 24/7 learning help desk for course support and career guidance.
To transform livelihoods and improve the well-being of enterprises and communities in rural regions, the program will develop Internet of Things (IoT) based connectivity solutions. These solutions will encompass areas such as networking, e-learning, skilling, telemedicine, agriculture, accessibility, and environment. Leveraging IoT technologies, the initiative aims to empower rural communities and drive inclusive growth.
Partnerships for Sustenance
Microsoft and AirJaldi Networks will collaborate with government and corporate organizations in three states to support sustainability efforts. These partnerships will focus on areas such as education, diverse job skills, and women entrepreneurship. By fostering these partnerships, the aim is to ensure the long-term success and impact of the networks, creating a sustainable ecosystem that benefits the rural population.