National Knowledge Network gets cabinet nod

March 25th, 2010 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) The government Thursday approved the setting up of a $1.3 billion (Rs.5,990 crore) integrated hi-speed data network, which will connect over 1,500 educational institutions and help scale up research capabilities of universities.
“Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure has approved the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) at an outlay of Rs.5,990 crore ($1.3 billion) to be implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC) over a period of 10 years,” said an official statement.

The knowledge network will have about 25 core and 600 secondary points of presence (PoPs) and allow institutions and researchers to log at a speed of 1 Gbps.

“The Physical Infrastructure (setting up of core network) is expected to be completed in a span of 24 months,” said the statement.

The creation of the NKN was announced last fiscal with an initial outlay of Rs.100 crore.

In the initial phase, a core backbone consisting of 15 PoPs have been established with 2.5 Gbps capacity. Around 40 institutions of higher learning and advanced research have been connected to the network and six virtual classrooms set up.

“NKN is expected to encourage a larger section of research and educational institutions to create intellectual property. Health, education, grid computing, agriculture and e-Governance are the main applications identified for implementation and delivery on NKN,” the statement said.

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