3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced that its new partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, business solutions and outsourcing firm, resulted in it being selected for the Andhra Pradesh State Wide Area Network (APSWAN) project. Under this deal, 3Com will provide high-end enterprise switching, routing and security solutions for the prestigious project that will connect 23 district offices in the state to increase efficiency in government operations.
In September 2009, the Andhra Pradesh government awarded TCS the country’s largest State Wide Area Network (SWAN) project on a five year Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer (BOOT) model. The project will enable the state government to start and run various projects for citizen services to boost G2G and G2C efficiencies that will help transform the e-governance structure.
"3Com’s leadership in secure and high-performance networking at substantially lower cost helped secure this deal, which will bring significant project deployment savings to TCS," said Manoj Kanodia, CEO, Inspira Enterprise India Pvt. Ltd, 3Com’s exclusive master distributor in India.
"Being credited for having started the networking industry with the invention of Ethernet, 3Com has been on the forefront of innovation. Our mission is to offer world-class products at affordable prices and we have enabled customers to build high-performance and secure networks at a lower total cost. We have a strong foothold in the education and government verticals across the world and this win with TCS will help us carry our mission further in India," said Rose Chen, Vice President and General Manager, 3Com Asia Pacific.
"We are happy to partner with 3Com for this prestigious project. The network is an important aspect in this ambitious project, which would connect various government offices with common service centers. It is on this network various e-government initiatives would ride and hence is very critical to the overall project," said Tanmoy Chakrabarty Vice President and Head Government ISU, TCS.
3Com’s network will enable the state government to communicate and conference across all government offices over VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which will reduce communication costs. Applications covering transport, healthcare, education and municipality will also operate on this e-governance network backbone, which is scheduled to be rolled out within 12 months.