West Bengal State Wide Area Network is the triple play backbone network for data, voice and video communication throughout the state of West Bengal. Over this network various Intranet, Internet and e-Governance activities of the Government of West Bengal are being carried out.
Salient features of WBSWAN:
WBSWAN network provides connectivity of Data, Voice & Video Communication facilities from State Head Quarters at Kolkata up to all District, Sub Division and Block Headquarters over dedicated circuits leased from BSNL. The District Head Quarters are connected to the State Head Quarters in Writers’ Building as well as Webel Bhavan, Salt Lake over dual fiber optic links (in fail-over mode), which safe guards smooth operation in case of failure of one SHQ due to some major problem/natural disaster, etc.
Government’s e-mail facilities (@wb.gov.in) have been extended to various Government officials / MLAs over WBSWAN intranet and Internet.
1 Gbps Connectivity with National Knowledge Network ( NKN ) has been extended up to the WBSWAN State Head Quarters and then proliferated to various Government Departments / District Administrative Buildings/Head Quarters for accessing Internet and various e-Governance applications, e.g. eOffice, eDistrict, etc.
At present e-District services are being catered to the citizens from block offices/ kiosks using WBSWAN backbone in all Districts
In the Pilot district Bardhaman , all Gram Panchayats ( 277 nos ) have been connected with their respective Block Headquarters over Radio links. These GPs can do Video Conference and avail Internet and Email/File Transfer facility over these links.
State Capital as well as each District Headquarter has studio based Video Conferencing facility through Multipoint Conferencing Unit (MCU) at Kolkata. Also the important Government buildings in Kolkata have been provided with video conferencing facilities so that Government officials can directly talk to State /district level officials
Software based desktop video conferencing facility has been implemented in all districts, sub divisions and block offices.