Telecom companies come together to set up IT kiosks in rural India

Telecom companies come together to set up IT kiosks in rural India

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The Government sector as well as the private sector will participate in an ambitious one lakh computer kiosks project for rural India.

The project named ''Common Service Centre' or the CSC initiative aims to set up computer kiosks, which offer a range of government, civic, education, health, telemedicine, financial and entertainment services to rural citizens of India. State governments like West Bengal, Jharkhand and Haryana have selected partners from major mobile service companies like Airtel, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular, and tech vendors like Wipro Ltd and 3i Infotech Ltd, Hughes Network Systems Ltd, United Telecom Services Ltd and Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd to work on this project. The cost of the project is estimated around INR 574 billion and it is expected to be rolled out by March 2008.

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