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India Adds 12.05M Connections In June; E-Governance Roll Outs Delayed

An addition of 12.05 million GSM and CDMA wireless connections were registered in June, with the maximum additions seen in Bihar, which added more than 10 lakh connections in the month. Total telephone connections (as of June 2009) is 464.82 million Teledensity is now 39.86% 6.4 million broadband connections as of May 2009 164 ISPs 264 village public telephones were added in May 2009 (Read: Q1 India Telecom Data) E-Governance: Roll Outs Slow Down Rollout of Internet Common Service Centres in Tamil Nadu, Tripura, West Bengal, Gujarat, scheduled to be completed by June, and Meghalaya (July) are still "being implemented" or nearing completion according to the government's July status report on national e-governance plan (NeGP) projects. CSCs are kiosks set up in villages that allow denizens to book tickets, apply for jobs, search for market information on crops and sell their produce. The request for proposal (RFP/ tender) for Andaman and Punjab are yet to be issued while Chandigarh, Goa and Delhi's NCR have opted out of the plan. SWAN Deadlines Not Met; To Be Complete By 2010 A glance at the implementation status of another NeGP project - the State Wide Area Network - shows deadlines for completion have not been met. Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal, Puducherry, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh were scheduled for completion between June -July 2009 but the updated status reflects that they will only witness roll outs by August-October 2009. In fact, the pan-India SWAN roll out was scheduled…

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