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The convergence of wireless technology and E-Governance is essential for the realisation of the Indian Government's goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next three years in e-governance delivered through State Wide Area Networks, a senior British official said on Tuesday.


United Kingdom is keen to work with the Indian government and other institutions in this sector, Deputy High Commissioner for Southern India Mike Connor said.


Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 'Indo-UK workshop on Next Generation Communication Networks' held at IIT Madras, Connor dwelt on the initiatives taken by the government to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.


Connor said almost every multinational Information and Communication Technology (ICT) player has a base in the UK, with many pioneering companies making the UK their R&D base in Europe.


Sharing India's sentiments on the technological front and the interests shown by the country to promote broadband across all segments of society, Connor indicated the similarities both countries had in this area. The UK has the highest number of broadband subscribers in Europe with almost 9.80 million households having broadband by the end of January 2006, he added.

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