Indian telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is expanding its rural broadband access in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks. Expanded service will begin commercial operation in July.
Nokia Siemens will deploy BSNL broadband access in 20 circles (administrative country subdivisions) in India. This will give an additional 25,000 Indian villages access to digital-age services like high-speed Internet and virtual private networks (VPNs).
The new network will also enable BSNL to provide connectivity to CSCs (Community Service Centres) and other e-governance locations.
India today has approximately 3.4 million broadband connections, of which 1.7 million connections are provided by BSNL.
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