The Government of India has enlisted satellite service provider Hughes Communication to connect 2,500 locations in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the North East through broadband internet under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).
“Today, several thousand common service centres (CSCs) have already been deployed across the country. Using satellite technology, Hughes provides connectivity and other services to more than 10,000 CSCs,” said Pranav Roach, President, Hughes Network Systems India.
The government has plans to set up over 1 lakh CSCs across the country to give access to its citizen services through internet. Till date, over 96,000 centres have been set up.
The contract has been awarded by the Department of Information Technology. The total value for the project for 2.5 lakh locations across the country at the panchayat level is Rs 2,000 crore. Out of these 2,500 villages are being connected by Hughes Communication, according to a statement released by the company.
Under the contract, Hughes will supply, install and commission the VSAT terminals in most difficult parts of India where other modes of delivering broadband services are not available. The main objective of this project is to make available broadband access to internet and other digital services available to the users over satellite using latest standards and technologies.
“All VSATs deployed by Hughes will be delivered and installed within 14 weeks,” Roach said.