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25,000 villages to be covered by BSNL broadband by July news
31 March 2008

Bangalore: More than 25,000  villages will be on India's broadband map once Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's largest telecommunications service provider, expands its rural broadband access offering using network access provided by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).

BSNL is planning to deploy NSN multi play solutions, which would allow the telecommunications service provider to deliver cost effective high speed Internet access and virtual private networks among others to its customers.

The network will also enable BSNL to provide connectivity to community service centres (CSCs) and other e-governance locations.

''With high speed Internet service of BSNL, the rural broadband project is suitably poised to bridge digital divide and connect more than 25,000 villages in India by delivering high speed broadband services'', said Kuldeep Goyal, chairman and managing director of BSNL.

NSN will also supply customer premises equipment that will enable BSNL to provide speeds of up to 8Mbps using ADSL2+ for its subscribers over its existing copper infrastructure. The solution will be ready for commercial operation by July 2008.

According to NSN, India at present has around 3.4 million broadband connections, of which 1.7 million are provided by BSNL. Expanding broadband density in urban and rural areas using ADSL2+ technology, BSNL now plans to bring around 25000 villages under its broadband service plan soon.

Michael Kuehner, head, sub region India, Nokia Siemens Networks says  ''With a population of 700 million, rural India, without a doubt holds the key to the future growth of the telecommunication industry and the long term economic and social development of the country.''

As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will soon deploy its Gigabit Ethernet-capable IP DSLAMs SURPASS hiX5625 (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers) and chassis based access switch (SURPASS hiD6615).

The company, in parallel, is deploying the solution for urban broadband access for BSNL across 20 circles.

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25,000 villages to be covered by BSNL broadband by July