Major IT Players Submit Bids For AP Network Consultancy Project

Hyderabad: | Updated: Nov 28 2002, 05:30am hrs
Major players like Wipro, IBM, CMC, Compaq, Global Telecom, Ernst & Young, Telecommunications Corporation of India Limited (TCIL) are in the fray for bagging the mandate to provide consultancy service to the single largest IT network project - AP State Information & Communication Network (APSICN). Andhra Pradesh Technology Services (APTS) has undertaken the APSICN project.

Speaking to eFE, APTS managing director Suresh Chanda said, APTS has concluded the evaluation part recently. A committee, comprising heads of IT departments, APTS and IT secretaries, would finalise a company among the eight bidders in a weeks time.

APSICN, the final and the single largest IT network being implemented by the state government as part of its e-governance initiatives, has been aimed at providing one network for the secretariat, districts, mandals, collectorates (within and outside), chief planning officers, tehsildars, heads of departments, police stations and every other layer.

The selected consultants role is to draw a blueprint for designing, network, technology implementation apart from bringing out specifications for the bidders on their potential, technical knowledge expertise, financial muscle and previous experience in implementing such a huge project, Mr Chanda said.

We are looking at various options, including inviting bids on Build, Own and Operate (BOO) or Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) models to implement the project. The chosen consultant will also advise on the decision, he said. The consultant would be given three months to bring out the detailed report.

Based on the prescriptions, APTS would call for bids to implement the project, which is expected to completed in nine to 12 months time. The selected consultant will not be allowed to participate in the implementation part, Mr Chanda said. The project, to cover both horizontal and vertical segments connecting every layer of the department and other state government offices, will have a common information and communication network, he said. The aim is to bring the entire Andhra Pradesh, by & large, function on this highly sophisticated network, he pointed out.

Over 10,000 offices/departments spread over 1126 mandals out of 23 districts in the state are to provided with inter-connection, he said. The government would also increase the bandwidth capacity substantially to have video conferencing, very small aperture terminal links, data transmitting, he said.