Tripura Hires PwC to Audit its SWAN, Makes it India’s First Third Party Auditor of the Project

PwC (Price waterhouse Coopers) has become the third party audit (TPA) agency for Tripura SWAN (State Wide Area Network) for a period of five years. Selected by a limited tender process by Department of Information Technology (DIT), they have become India's first third party auditor for the project.

The performance of the original choice BSNL not being satisfactory, the need for a third party auditor was badly felt. Neel Ratan, Executive Director and Leader for PwC's e-Gov practice, said that PwC would very soon be setting up a team to manage the project in Tripura. He also said that this team would constitute a core team, which would be based at Agartala, for remote monitoring the performance of the network and another that would visit the PoP site across Tripura.

A quarterly report from PwC, regarding the performance of the network and following of their service level agreement (SLA) by the network operator and bandwidth provider, would be submitted to the state government.

In addition to it, PwC would also evaluate the quality of service offered by the service provider, conduct periodic inspection of the network and advise state government on issues like bandwidth updation, optimal utilisation, future enhancement and augmentation of the capacity and exit process.

It must be understood that the SWAN policy requires a quarterly third party audit report for payments to both network operator and bandwidth provider for implementing the scheme.

Rs. 20.04 crores have been sanctioned by DIT to Tripura Government for implementing the project. State government, on its part, would borne the remaining 40 per cent of the cost and the investment for site preparation and bandwidth.

With 70 per cent of the 62 PoPs already in place, Tripura Government is eying to complete and implement SWAN within three months.