3Com wins India state WAN/VoIP contract

3Com has been selected for India's Andhra Pradesh State Wide Area Network (APSWAN) project. The new network will enable the state government to communicate and conference across all government offices over VoIP.

November 25, 2009 --3Com Corporation announced that its partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS - Hyderabad, India), an IT services, business solutions and outsourcing firm, resulted in it being selected for India's Andhra Pradesh State Wide Area Network (APSWAN) project. Under the deal, 3Com will provide high-end enterprise switching, routing and security solutions for the project, which will connect 23 district offices in the state to increase efficiency in government operations.

3Com’s network will enable the state government to communicate and conference across all government offices over VoIP [Voice over Internet Protocol], which will reduce communication costs. Applications covering transport, healthcare, education and municipality will also operate on this e-governance network backbone, which is scheduled to be rolled out within 12 months.

“3Com’s leadership in secure and high-performance networking at substantially lower cost helped secure this deal, which will bring significant project deployment savings to TCS,” comments Manoj Kanodia, CEO, Inspira Enterprise India Pvt. Ltd, 3Com’s exclusive master distributor in India.

In September 2009, the Andhra Pradesh government awarded TCS India's largest State Wide Area Network (SWAN) project on a five year Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer (BOOT) model. The project will enable the state government to start and run various projects for citizen services to boost G2G and G2C efficiencies that will help transform the e-governance structure.

“We are happy to partner with 3Com for this prestigious project," says Tanmoy Chakrabarty, vice president and head government ISU, TCS. "The network is an important aspect in this ambitious project, which would connect various government offices with common service centers. It is on this network various e-government initiatives would ride and hence is very critical to the overall project."

“We have a strong foothold in the education and government verticals across the world, and this win with TCS will help us carry our mission further in India,” concludes Rose Chen, vice president and general manager, 3Com Asia Pacific.

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