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News Digest: BSNL & 3G, ENIL, Namibia, Railways, Smart Cards

Network To Monitoring Ships From The Coast

A national Automatic Identification System network is being established along the Indian coastline. The network will connect four regional centres at Jamnagar, Cochin, Chennai and Kolkata and offer Internet connectivity (web client service) to the public from the shore stations. The data centre for the network will be located at Mumbai.

India-Namibia Connectivity: Boost To Tele-Medicine & E-Learning

Two universities in India and five in Africa will be connected to 53 learning centers, and ten specialty hospitals (three in India and seven in Africa) to 53 remote hospitals. The Namibian government has signed an agreement with Telecommunications Consultants India to set up these networks as well as provide VVIP connectivity between the 53 African heads of state for voice, Internet and video-conferencing.

The Indian Government will sponsor the set-up and management of the project for the first five years. (All Africa)

3G Only Adopted By 13,000 Subscribers

It’s been four months since BSNL launched 3G and it has only managed to woo 13,000 connections across India. Tier 2 cities in Rajasthan and UP have the largest subscriber base of 3G services. Uttar Pradesh has 2181 3G subscribers while Rajasthan has 1675; Punjab has 1,154 and Jammu Kashmir has just 14 subscribers. 3G technology offers video conferencing, receiving streaming video from the web, mobile TV, movie downloads. (Times of India)

MD Of Entertainment Network India Resigns

Times Group subsidiary Entertainment Network India has informed the BSE that A.P Parigi, Managing Director will resign from his post on September 30, and be appointed as a Non-Executive Director on company’s board with effect from October 01, 2009. The company has not specified who will be replacing him as the MD. ENIL owns and runs Radio Mirchi.

BSNL Bogged By Equipment Delays

Over the last year, BSNL has not awarded any major contract for mobile networks and equipment.  Being a state-owned firm, it has to follow a prescribed procedure while tendering for equipment, which has led to delays in equipment purchasing.  Politics, red tapism and paralysis of decision making have led to the telco’s fall. (More on ET)

Phase I Of Computerization Of Railways Goods Booking Complete

Over 70 per cent of goods loaded on Indian Railways are being booked using computers. The second phase of computerization to cover the balance goods will commence shortly. The railways is planning to computerize parcel booking process too. It had completed a pilot project for the same on the New Delhi-Howrah route.

Related: IRCTC Does $102 Million In Online Transactions In August; Payment Trends; HDFC, ICICI, Cash Cards Significant

Smart Cards For ESIC By August 2010

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has chosen a systems integrator after ending a global tender for IT enabling the entire corporation. Under the project Panchdeep, magnetic smart cards will be issued to beneficiaries of ESIC. The Rs. 1181.82 crore worth IT project will be complete by August next year.

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