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Hughes collaborates for e-Government solutions in Uttar Pradesh, India

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According to Pranav Roach, Director, Hughes Communication India, the e-government solutions could be in terms of information technology enabled counters at government departments dealing directly with the people such as revenue records office.Talks are currently on with the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government. The strategic areas identified for the partnership include joint efforts for delivering affordable personal computer (PC) options, ushering in e-governance, accelerating IT literacy and enabling access to technology in UP rural areas.

''We are bullish on UP and feel the state has a lot of potential in the field of e-commerce and e-learning.'' Meanwhile, UP government has already tied up with global IT majors Microsoft and Intel for a multi-dimensional partnership to help accelerate IT usage in the state.

Hughes net fusion is a satellite-based multi function centre that offers end-consumers broadband services in the areas of interactive e-learning, e-commerce and web-access.

Under the business model, the company ties up with technology firms locally to offer its services under revenue-sharing basis.

''The company has tied up with leading service providers across industry verticals like banks, educational and vocational training institutes such as XLRI and IIM Khozikhode, e-commerce portals, travel companies etc to offer a wide range of services under one roof,'' he informed.

Hughes has 200 such centres, including 29 in UP, across 86 cities and plan to ramp up to 500 in 2006 on pan-India basis.

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