Goa on Thursday became the first State in the country to have a truly converged wide area network with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurating the first phase of the Goa Broadband (GBBN) Network.
Complimenting the Government of Goa and its partners for the rapid implementation of the project, the prime minister said that the project will benefit all the sections of the State and become a harbinger of change and modernity into the lives of the people.
He said that there are a wide range of services that can now be delivered over a telecom link- travel services, healthcare and education.
The prime minister further added that many jobs can now be performed long-distance over a telephone or computer link, which has led to the growth of long-distance service delivery models including call centres, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.
He said that GBBN is the first step in positioning the State for the future and it would hopefully be another success story that will open doors of knowledge based economy to people of the State.
“Besides providing connectivity at the highest speeds available anywhere in the entire country, the Phase I would connect all State government offices up to the taluka level”, Dr Singh said.
The PM added that it will enable a large number of government services to be delivered online and will make government processes citizen-friendly.
Mentioning the benefits of the broadband services, he said that Goa would be in a position to provide long-distance computer based education, emergency and diagnostic healthcare facilities.
He further said that people would be able to work out of their homes and that the State would see an explosion in knowledge based employment.
By Herald Reporter
Herald, Dec 27, 2007
Posted By : Herald Reporter, India on 07/01/2008