Nuh in Haryana is not a particularly remarkable place. Located just 47 kilometres from Gurugram, it looks like the poor cousin of Gurugram. But as one drives past the market centre, and into the village of Tain (pronounced Ty-eeen), a signpost stands out. Not for its ostentatiousness, but for the text that adorns it—Smartpur.

The name is no accident. Smartpur is part of Finnish telecom gear manufacturer Nokia’s efforts to digitise 500 villages across the country. Nokia has partnered with the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)—a non-profit that works on bridging the digital divide in underserved areas—to turn Tain and other villages like it into smart villages.



Vandana is based in Delhi. She covers vertically focussed startups in consumer internet space and also writes on travel tech and smartphones for The Ken. She has spent 13 years in journalism covering a wide range of subjects- equity markets, mutual funds to education and skilling, working at organisations such as Business Standard, CNBC TV18 and The Week in the past.

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