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RailTel secures an order worth Rs 122.08 crore from Govt of Odisha

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New Delhi: Miniratna Railways PSU RailTel has secured a major work order worth Rs 122.08 crore from the Government of Odisha for the up-gradation of their existing Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN) using state-of-the-art Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SDWAN) technology, along with replacement of old and end of life equipment, provision of secondary bandwidth, and the maintenance of the OSWAN of five years. This order has been obtained from the Electronics & Information Technology (E&IT) Department, Govt of Odisha, which is the nodal department for all IT initiatives in the State Government.

According to RailTel, the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN) is a very ambitious project to provide the state with a basic information technology backbone which is utilized for carrying data, video and voice traffic, facilitating inter/intra-departmental communication and data sharing within the state. OSWAN aims at linking government offices of state headquarters (SHQ) at Bhubaneswar, all district headquarters (DHQ), and all Block headquarters (BHQ). There is a total no of 345 offices in this network consisting of 314 block headquarters and 30 District Headquarters and the State Headquarters with each other for efficient G2G functioning. The project has created a closed user Group network providing secured and high-speed connectivity for the smooth functioning of Government bodies.

Up-gradation of existing OSWAN will be extremely crucial to cater to the latest technology in Data and Voice transmission. The benefits can be best judged in terms of Bandwidth provision, IT Infrastructure, enhanced physical infrastructure and the Services offered for better functioning of the system and subsequent service delivery by Govt. Institutions. The top benefits of the latest SD-WAN technology are its higher capacity bandwidth, centralized management, network visibility, multiple connection types, better security, better speed, cost-effectiveness and optimised cloud connectivity.

The Government of Odisha is implementing various e-Governance projects in G2G, G2B and G2C sectors related to IT Infrastructure & e-Gov Applications like Odisha State Data Centre (OSDC), Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN), BharatNet, Mo Seba Kendra (MSK), Odisha One, Service Plus, GoSwift, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), School Transformation, Disaster Management, Smart City, State Dashboard, PAReSHRAM, Fire Services Automation, Revenue Services, Transport Services (DEESHA), etc.

Talking about it, RailTel CMD Puneet Chawla said, “RailTel is at the forefront of digital transformation in the country. The present up-gradation project of the Government of Odisha will make the infrastructure robust further for their various e-governance initiatives. Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SDWAN) will create an edge in the existing legacy WAN architecture. SDWAN implementation will simplify connectivity across branches, data centres and cloud environments providing an application Optimisation, Cloud Security firewalling intrusion protection and URL filtering for better security which can be deployed and maintained from a single centralized location.”

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