BSWAN (Bihar State Wide Area Network)

BSWAN (Bihar State Wide Area Network)

The Government of India has approved the Scheme for establishing State Wide Area Networks (SWANs) across the country. Under this Scheme, technical and financial assistance were being provided to the States/UTs for establishing SWANs to connect all State/UT Headquarters up to the Block level in a vertical hierarchical structure with a minimum bandwidth capacity of 2 Mbps per link.

Govt. of Bihar has nominated BELTRON Ltd. (Registered Office-Patna) as the nodal agency for the implementation of SWAN in the state of Bihar. BELTRON Ltd. had alloted BSWAN project to M/s Tata Consultancy Services for supply, installation & commissioning of the BSWAN as per the scope of work and specification given in the BSWAN tender. The contract got over in March 2015.

Bihar State Wide Area Network Phase II which shall be called BSWAN 2.0 project envisages operation & Maintenance of Point of Presences (PoPs) across the state with 5 years of FMS support which will become hubs of future communication network in the state. The principal objective of the BSWAN 2.0 is to accelerate the growth and use of Information Technology by creating an infrastructure that is used to provide all connectivity and services not only to the Government but also to citizens, over a period of time, rapid narrowing of the digital divide and promoting all pervasive use of IT in all matters of the State. The network facilitates rollout of e-governance applications across all departments and would act as the vehicle for effective implementation of electronic-governance (e-Governance) across the State. In BSWAN 2.0 Solar Power has been recommended to overcome the existing challenges of power outage at Block Level.

All critical application projects including VATMIS, CTMIS, e-Procurement, e-District and others are now critically dependent on BSWAN for its performance. Apart from that several horizontal offices like Modernization of Prison Project connecting jails and courts through BSWAN backbone. All Bihar Government applications hosted in the State Data Centre will be connected through BSWAN 2.0 for faster and quicker access to government offices across the state.
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