In partnership with DataMail, State-owned telecom operator, BSNL, is now offering e-mail address service in eight Indian languages to its broadband users.
Through this service users will be able to open an email ID in DataMail service in their own language. The application is available for free on Google Play Stor or Apple Store.
“The linguistic email service offered by BSNL will have à¤¡à¤¾à¤Ÿà¤¾à¤µà¤¨.à¤à¤¾à¤°à¤¤ (DataOne.Bharat) domain and email address will be offered in eight regional languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi,â€ N. K Gupta, Director CFA, BSNL said in a statement.
In order to avail this service, one needs to download the DataMail app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. Opening up the app, you will see an option to select the language in which you want to see your mailbox. Select the preferred language and add the BSNL number with STD code. You will then receive a one time password (OTP) on your registered mobile number, enter the password and the email address to confirm and start using the service.
As per BSNL, the move is in line with government’s aim for a digital India. Which is why, Government of India, few months back, launched the Dot Bharat domain in Indian languages to increase the reach of internet users by providing domain names in their own language so as to cover over 70% of the country’s population living in the rural and remote areas.
As per Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators Report (April-June, 2016) released by TRAI, total internet subscribers in India is about 350.48 million which is just about 30 percent of the country’s population. So, about 70 percent of population is still not having access to the internet and most of these certainly belong to rural India.
The most spoken languages in India in 2016, according to our (DataMail) analysis based on secondary data, are approximately Hindi (544.39m), Bengali (107.60m), Telugu (95.40m), Marathi (92.74m), Tamil (78.41m), Urdu (66.47m), Gujarati (59.44m), Kannada (48.96m), Punjabi (37.55m), Assamese (16.98m). The total of population using these key languages comes about 1147.95m that is a larger share of current population in India.