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Google to invest $10 billion in India

Google is planning to invest $10 billion in India in a bid to make the internet "affordable and useful" for a billion people.

The search engine giant's CEO, Sundar Pichai, made the announcement during a live-stream on Monday (13.07.20), where he said: "This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy.

"India's own digital journey is far from complete. There's still more work to do in order to make the internet affordable and useful for a billion Indians ... from improving voice input and computing for all of India's languages, to inspiring and supporting a whole new generation of entrepreneurs."

The investment is part of the Google for India Digitisation Fund, which will see the firm pay the hefty sum of money to improve the country's tech and infrastructure over the next few years.

And the main aim is to ensure the internet is accessible for as many people as possible and to help transform Indian businesses through tech and innovation, including AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Pichai added: "As we make these investments we look forward to working alongside Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi and the Indian government, as well as Indian businesses of all sizes to realise a shared vision for a Digital India.

"Our goal is to ensure that India not only benefits from the next wave of innovation but leads it."

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