In order to get financial and social benefits of information technology the State Wide Area Network (SWAN) has been envisaged. The project is to provide bedrock of communication through voice, data and video throughout the State and is an effective tool for implementation of e-governance projects. The SWAN is to ensure the dissemination of Government services and information anytime and anywhere.
It is a reliable network for vertical and horizontal connectivity throughout the State and will reduce the cost of communication between government departments at different locations and will provide secure network infrastructure to enable electronic transfer of sensitive data, payments etc. with improved capacity for disaster management.
The MPSWAN is a highway of connectivity between G2G, G2C, G2B providing round the clock connectivity of minimum 2 Mbps between 50 districts and 313 blocks/tehsils. The key highlights of SWAN are:
- Data Communication, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Video Conferencing (VC) and selective Internet available at all Locations.
- Last mile connectivity through Lease line or ISDN.
- Last mile connectivity through wireless wherever wired line is not available.
- Guaranteed uptime of 99.5% at district & 95% at blocks/tehsils.
- Power backup at all locations.
The Network Operator Agency is carrying out installation and commissioning of the State Wide Network with 360 Points of Presence (PoPs) at block, tehsil and district headquarters. The network management centre will be commissioned at the state capital and will provide real time monitoring of the complete network from a single location. The operator would operate and maintain the network for a period of 5 years after completing the installation. Services of SWAN are available to Government departments at no cost.
As on date a total 332 nos. of PoPs have been commissioned and more than 800 numbers of horizontal connections have been provided to Transport (45), Treasury (220), Municipal Corporation Bhopal (81), Electricity Board (16), Excise (83), Commercial Tax (62) and Panchayat (150), High court (46) etc. Very soon, Madhya Pradesh will embark on the ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project for delivering broadband connectivity at Panchayat level.