BSNL partners with Goa-IDC to connect 19 industrial estates

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Bangalore: Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), the state owned telecommunications company partnered with Goa Industrial Development (Goa-IDC) to provide a state-of-the-art wireless broadband network to connect all of Goa-IDC's 19 industrial estates. Under the partnership, BSNL's technology partner, SOMA Networks, will deploy FlexMAX system, which delivers always on, high-speed DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) quality broadband with a simple plug-and-play indoor device called the customer premise equipment (CPE). Goa-IDC will provide wireless broadband services to enterprises as a value-addition to traditional brick and mortar infrastructure facilities. Sharing his views on the partnership, A.V. Paliker, Managing Director, Goa-IDC, said, "Our decision, to go with the latest technology for wireless broadband from BSNL-SOMA, will help the industries to enhance their productivity and efficiency to compete with the best in the world." With one of the highest per capita income ratios and one of the highest literacy rates (82.32 percent), Goa is an emerging industrial hub for pharmaceuticals, biotech, food processing, agro-based industries and IT-enabled services. Top-layering broadband services as an added virtual infrastructure will enable enterprises to benefit from a communication network resulting in higher operational efficiencies, better customer interaction and newer modes of distribution and delivery management. GR Ravi, General Manager, BSNL Goa said, "We are pleased that enterprises in Goa will now have access to high speed wireless broadband connectivity from BSNL. We aspire to bring benefits of advanced technology of mobile WiMAX to thousands of enterprises and consumers to Goa in the coming months." BSNL and SOMA Networks are likely to target 4,000 broadband connections in Goa-IDC within the next 12 months. In the coming months, SOMA Networks will launch a host of broadband enabled value added services supporting e-commerce, alternate forms of communication and virtualized application hosting using cloud computing. Mayur Tanna, Vice President, Enterprise Services, SOMA Networks said, "Today, for businesses, internet is an essential part of the infrastructure, like water, phone and electricity. Our wireless broadband technology will help us to provide connectivity to any undeserved area, particularly in locations with poor or no wired infrastructure and at a cost lower than any other competing technology." SOMA Networks is investing $200 million to deploy mobile WiMAX networks in three circles i.e. Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. ?