To strengthen the communication network for Indian Army, ITI Limited, a telecom and defense equipment manufacturing PSU has today signed Rs 77.96 billion Phase IV Project of Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) for deploying strategic network for secured communication across the country and subsequent maintenance for next 10 years.
ASCON is the army’s telecom network spread across different terrains in the northern, north-eastern and western regions. The project is an IP MPLS based communication network with Microwave Radio, Satellite and Optical Fiber Network as media. The project includes installation, commissioning and maintenance of telecom equipments like IP/MPLS Routers, NMS, Mobile Nodes, Test Equipment and civil works for providing the complete infrastructure at various sites and roll out optical fiber network of about 11,000 kms.
R M Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director, ITI Limited said, “having successfully implemented and maintaining the first three phases of ASCON project for last three decades, we have an edge in implementing this prestigious project. Having ASCON IV project at this juncture certainly gives a big boost to Indian army and ITI is very much excited to roll out this network”.
The scope of the project also includes a warranty period of two years and maintenance support of the network for another eight years after the warranty.