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Hughes keen on e-governance tie-up with UP

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, May 4: Hughes, a major company in satellite networking technology is holding talks with the Uttar Pradesh government for providing e-governance solutions.

The proposed solutions could take shape of IT information technology enabled counters at government departments dealing directly with the people such as revenue records office.

''We can provide the medium by which the physical movement of official files can be minimised. Also, large amount of data can be transferred from one place to another in real time,'' Director, Hughes Communication India Pranav Roach told UNI here.

Mr Roach said talks were on with the concerned state govenment department and he was hopeful of a positive development in this regard.

''We are bullish on UP and feel the state has a lot of potential in the field of e-commerce and e-learning.'' Meanwhile, UP government has already tied up with global IT majors Microsoft and Intel for a multi-dimensional partnership to help accelerate IT usage in the state.

The strategic areas identified for the partnership include joint efforts for delivering affordable personal computer (PC) options, ushering in e-governance, accelerating IT literacy and enabling access to technology in UP rural areas.

The Hughes Director was here recently to announce the launching of 23 new HughesNet Fusion centres in UP taking their number to 29.

HughesNet Fusion is a satellite-based multi function centre that offers end-consumers broadband services in the areas of interactive e-learning, e-commerce and web-access.

Under the business model, the company ties up with technology firms locally to offer its services under revenue-sharing basis.

''The company has tied up with leading service providers across industry verticals like banks, educational and vocational training institutes such as XLRI and IIM Khozikhode, e-commerce portals, travel companies etc to offer a wide range of services under one roof,'' he informed.

Hughes has 200 such centres, including 29 in UP, across 86 cities and plan to ramp up to 500 in 2006 on pan-India basis.

The company is a global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, news organisations, banks and small businesses.

Hughes invented Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology, which is used in ATM outlets, Outdoor Broadcast (OB) vans of news channels and online-trading firms.


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