Indian Government opts WiMax for CSC

The Government of India has opted for WiMax technology to connect rural India for the common service centres, as part of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

In this project, the government will invest INR 750 crore to connect more than 1000 blocks in the country. In the first phase, the government will provide an over-the air-point-to-point connectivity to common services centres. The government will set up one-base station in each blocks to provide the P2P access. Once the base-station is established, around 5000 blocks will also be connected using WiMAX technology. State-owned telecom operator BSNL will be implementing the project, which will be funded by the Department of Information Technology. Universal Service Obligatory (USO) fund will be contributing for connecting the rest of 5,000 blocks. After the implementation of the WiMax project, the government is looking at taking citizen services such in the areas of education and health.