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									                      ASSOCHAM
                GLOBAL TELECOM SUMMIT



     Broadband for Digital
 Democracy and Inclusive Growth

Siddharth
Principal Secretary
Depts of I.T. & Biotechnology
Govt. of West Bengal
                                        NEW DELHI
                                        23rd July 2009
              Broadband

The modern day highways -
 Connectivity for :
                Information
                Services
                Empowerment

 Window to the external world

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           Digital Democracy

   Empowering people with the help of ICT
    tools.

   Participation in governance through
    Connectivity.

   Facilitating democratic process.


                                             3
               Inclusive Growth

   Geographically

Physically


 Service   Delivery

   Participatory role of citizen

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       Technological Solutions Available
          for Delivering Broadband

   DSL ( Direct Subscriber Technology) based access network.
 Wi-Fi based wireless Broadband.
 Wi-MAX based wireless Broadband.
 3G/4G based Mobile Communication.
 Broadband over Power Line (BPL).



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  BURDWAN PILOT PROJECT                                                               Radio &
                                                                                      Directional Antenna                                      STATE
                                                                                      at GP                                                  SWITCHING
                                                                                                                                            CENTRE (SSC)

                                                                                                                                                2 Mbps Leased Data Circuit
                                               W-Fi-Radio link
                                                                                                                               DISTRICT
                                                                            GP - 4
                                                                                                                              SWITCHING
                                                                                                                             CENTRE (DSC)



            WiFi Radios &
            Sector Antenna                                                                                                                 2 Mbps Leased Data Circuit
            at Block
                                                                    W-Fi-Radio link


                                                                                                                                     SUB- DIVISIONAL
                             W-Fi-Radio link                                                            2 Mbps Leased Data Circuit     SWITCHING
                                                         SWITCH                                                                      CENTRE (SDSC)
Radio &
Directional Antenna
at GP
                                                                                                               Radio &
                                                                            ROUTER                             Directional Antenna
                                  BLOCK SWITCHING CENTRE (BSC)                                                 at GP




                                                                 Radio &
                                                                 Directional Antenna
                                                                 at GP

                                                                                                                GP - 1
            GP - 3                                                               GP - 2




   POINT-TO-MULTIPOINT HI-SPEED Wi-Fi RADIO COMMUNICATION6LINK
     Broadband delivery in Rural Bengal

 Stage 1.
   WBSWAN, - the ‘State Information Highway’ (2Mbps )
   connecting all District HQs, Sub-Divisional HQs and extended
   up to all Blocks.

Stage 2.
   Burdwan District was selected as a pilot project by the State
   Government to establish Broad band connectivity between
   31 Block and 277 Gram Panchayats.
           -Technology employed Wi-Fi.
           - Video Conferencing solution up to GP level has been successfully
             implemented
Stage 3.
    State now wants to deploy Wi-Max technology for extending connectivity
    to all 3554 GPs in the State.                                       7
   Digital Democracy and Inclusive
      Growth – Bengal Scenario
Geographically Challenged :
           Broadband connectivity up to 3554 GPs.
           Citizen service centers – 6797
           Bridging the digital divide .


Physically Challenged :-
           Braille transcription software
           Telemedicine software
           Cerebral Palsy software
         Bengal Scenario
3. Participatory governance :-
            Rural Connectivity
            Software based interactive VC
            Involvement of stakeholders

4. Distance learning
            Using Broadband connectivity
            Using Multimedia tools
            K-yan



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                      Digital Empowerment
                        Inclusive Growth
                                  Value - adds                    Data
                                                              Collection,
                                                            Rural BPOs,etc


                      Quality of Life
                                                            Entertainment



               Social                            Education, Healthcare, Agricultural
             Development                                      Extension, etc


      Create income
      opportunities
                                                            Market Linkages



Save Costs                                               E - Government       Services




                                    Services Framework                                   10
                     Bengal Vision

      There can be no digital democracy or inclusive growth
without broadband connectivity.
       e-governance is meaningless if we do not focus on rural
areas that account for over 70% of the population.
      To usher in “e-nagariks” by empowering them with
connectivity to unleash their creativity, open up a huge rural
market for products and services and give a boost to healthcare,
education and agriculture sectors.

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