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Talking to reporters here on Friday, the RailTel Managing Director, A.K. Chopra, said the corporation has awarded its first order for the communication equipment worth Rs. 26 crores to a consortium of Electronics Corporation of India Limited, Tejas Networks and Supreme Telecommunication Limited.
It would provide a state-of-the-art system catering for voice and data transmission. It would be a step forward in making the Internet all pervasive along with STM 4 bandwidth connecting the major revenue generating cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. It would have points of presence in more than 400 cities and towns.
He said the RailTel was also working on creating "Backbone Long Haul Network'' and the vendor selection process.
Mr. Chopra said the13,000-km route of OFC network has already been laid and an additional 800 km of network per month was being built. He said the Corporation has already taken the infrastructure provider's and Internet service provider's licences. The Corporation would sell the excess space on the OFC-based network to private parties.
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