Airtel builds the Backbone for Digital Uttar Pradesh

UP State Wide Area Network 2.0 goes LIVE. Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Dinesh Sharma launches the modern network infrastructure  

Integrated solution comprising of 885 PoPs with MPLS bandwidth will connect State, District, Block and Tehsil Headquarters across the state

Will enable e-governance and digital delivery of government services to citizens      

July 28, 2019: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today said that it has designed and implemented a future ready State Wide Area Network (SWAN) for the Government of Uttar Pradesh as part of Government of India’s e-Governance initiative.

UPSWAN 2.0, which is one of the largest of its kind in India, was launched today by the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minster Dr Dinesh Sharma in the presence of other distinguished attendees during Ground Breaking Ceremony-2.

Mr Alok  Sinha , Additional Chief Secreatry (Commercial Tax, IT & Electronics) said: “Under the leadership of our Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi ji India is undergoing a digital transformation and empowering its citizens through e-Governance. Uttar Pradesh, which is India’s largest state, is making rapid strides towards becoming fully digitally enabled and ensuring that government services reach every corner of the state over a digital backbone. We are pleased to partner with Bharti Airtel in this journey and congratulate them on building this key network infrastructure. In the rural areas of the country, the government is working to provide more than 32 thousand Wi-Fe and hotspots. Digital India changed the way Indians live in the last four years. In the whole world, the highest data consuming in India and the cheapest data is also here. Today India is one of the world’s largest digital infrastructure countries. Before 2014, 59 panchayats of the country were connected to optical fiber, today more than 1 lakh panchayats have reached the optical fiber.”

UPSWAN 2.0 comprises of 885 Points of Presence (PoPs) across the state and is designed to provide secure, high-speed connectivity for delivery of Government services to citizens over a Closed User Group network. This modern network infrastructure now digitally connects all State Headquarters, District Headquarters, Block Headquarters & Tehsil Headquarters across Uttar Pradesh and empowers them to deliver Government to Government as well as Government to Citizen services in a quick and seamless fashion.

All State Headquarters will be equipped with upto 10 Gbps connectivity while District, Block and Tehsil Headquarters will have upto 10 Mbps connectivity. A dedicated Network Operations Centre has also been set up in Lucknow to monitor the network performance.  

UPSWAN will enhance efficiency and enable seamless e-delivery of government services to citizens even in deep rural pockets. These include filing of applications for pension and financial aid, registration for employment, issuance of birth and death certificates, application for new/renewal of ration cards etc. It will also lay a robust foundation for building Smart Cities across the State.      

Airtel has provided end to end solution for this large scale digital infrastructure including MPLS, Internet Bandwidth, Network Hardware Equipment, Security Firewalls, System Integration and Managed Services.

Mr Ajay Chitkara, Drirector & CEO-Airtel Busienss said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the Digital India vision and partner with the Government of Uttar Pradesh in their digital transformation agenda. UPSWAN, which compares with the best in class networks, will be digital backbone for the state and help in building a truly connected Uttar Pradesh. On behalf of Airtel, I would like to thank the State administration for giving us this opportunity.”

Airtel Business is India’s leading provider of ICT services with a diverse portfolio of services to enterprises, governments, carriers and small and medium businesses. It serves over 3000 Large and 500,000 Medium and Small enterprises with world-class services. 

Airtel is a trusted solution provider for fixed-line voice (PRIs), data and other connectivity solutions like MPLS, VoIP, SIP trunking. Additionally, the Company offers solutions to businesses Audio, Video and Web Conferencing. Cloud portfolio is also an integral part of its office solutions suite, which offers Storage, compute, Microsoft office 365, ecommerce package through shopify and CRM packages on a pay as you go model.

Along with voice, data and video, its services also include network integration, data centers, managed services, enterprise mobility applications and digital media. Airtel Business provides ‘One solution, bill, support, face’ experience to customers. It also offer global services in both voice and data including VAS services like International Toll Free Services and SMS hubbing. Airtel Business’ strategically located submarine cables and satellite network enable its customers to connect across the world including hardto-reach areas and its global network runs across 250,000 Rkms, covering 50 countries in five continents.  

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