RailTel Corporation of India Limited has secured an order from Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation (BSEDC), a government of Bihar undertaking, for implementation and management of Electronic Knowledge Network (100 Mbps internet connectivity, wi-fi system and smart classes) in academic / administrative buildings of Government Engineering Colleges and Polytechnic Institutes in Bihar. These institutes are under the Department of Science & Technology, government of Bihar. The value of the work order pertaining to RailTel (as system integrator and primary internet service provider) is Rs 761 million.  This order has been acquired through an open competitive bidding process.  

BSEDC caters to the technological needs of the state government and carries out IT project conceptualisation and implementation for the state government departments and agencies. The Electronic Knowledge Network project aims to provide high capacity, scalable and reliable network infrastructure to cater the needs of data and video transmission simultaneously for the engineering colleges and polytechnic Institutes. It will facilitate the current and future (five years) digital needs of the campuses. With this, education content could be shared to students internally and efficiently.  

The awarded work entails supply, installation, commissioning and integration of campus cocal area network (LAN), Wi-Fi Solution, Smart Classroom Solution, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Solution, Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Solution along with Internet from 2 different ISPs. It also involves the creation of small server room along with Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning (SITC) of Server and Work Stations. The overall network will be managed by Network Management System (NMS) centrally hosted at BSEDC.  

Commenting on the deal, Sanjai Kumar, chairman and managing director, RailTel said, “RailTel’s expertise in IT and education sector will ensure successful execution of ‘Electronic Knowledge Network’ project of Bihar government. The project will revolutionise use of IT in technical educational institutes of Bihar. RailTel continues to be in the forefront of the digital journey of its clients. The present work order will further boost RailTel’s continuing foray in the education sector. We will continue to eye similar projects to enhance our revenue stream”.