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broadband services NIB-II would put India at par with more advanced nations.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) is in the process of commissioning of a world class, multi-gigabit,

multi-protocol, convergent IP infrastructure through National Internet Backbone-II (NIB-II), that will provide convergent services through the same backbone and broadband access network. The Broadband service will be available on DSL technology (on the same copper cable that is used for connecting telephone), on a countrywide basis spanning 198 cities.

In terms of infrastructure for broadband services NIB-II would put India at par with more advanced nations. The services that would be supported includes always-on broadband access to the Internet for residential and business customers, Content based services, Video multicasting, Video-on-demand and Interactive gaming, Audio and Video conferencing, IP Telephony, Distance learning, Messaging: plain and feature rich, Multi-site MPLS VPNs with Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees. The subscribe will be able to access the above services through Subscriber Service Selection System (SSSS) portal. 
 
Key Objectives
  To provide high speed Internet connectivity (upto 8 Mbps)

To provide Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to the broadband customers

To provide dial VPN service to MPLS VPN customers.

To provide multicast video services, video-on-demand, etc. through the Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS).

To provide a means to bill for the aforesaid services by either time-based or volume-based billing. It shall provide the customer with the option to select the services through web server

To provide both pre-paid and post paid broadband services
 
 Technical Capability of the Backbone
  The Broadband Service will be given through the state of the art Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) based IP Infrastructure, which is designed to provide reliable routes to cover all possible destinations within and outside the country. Layer 1 of the network will consist of a high speed Backbone comprising of 24 powerful Core Routers connected with high speed 2.5 Gbps(STM-16) links. The routers are located on the national DWDM network interfacing at STM-16 optical level to provide for high transmission speeds.
    
 What advantage does MPLS have over other Technologies?
  MPLS VPN is a technology that allows a service provider like BSNL to have complete control over parameters that are critical to offering its customers service guarantees with regard to bandwidth throughputs, latencies and availability. 
    
 Services available through Broadband
  High speed Internet Access: This is the always-on Internet access service with speed ranging from 256 kbps to 8 Mbps.

Multicasting: This is to provide video multicast services for application in distance education, telemedicine etc

Dial VPN Service: This service allows remote users to access their private network securely over the NIB-II infrastructure.

Video and Audio Conferencing:

Content based Services: Like Video on Demand, Interactive Gaming, Live and time shifted TV
 
 
 What the customer needs in order to be able to use Broadband? 
  BSNL's Bfone (Basic phone) connection

Personel Computer with 10/100 Ethernet Port

ADSL CPE (Customer Premise Equipment). This can be taken from BSNL at nominal rental per month.

 
 When is the service being launched 
  The Broadband Service has been launched in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata from 14th January 2005. Soon,  it will be extended to more than 200 cities. Please click here for list of cities>>

 
 
 Does BSNL provide PC for broadband access
  BSNL has tied up with HCL Infosystems Ltd. to launch the BSNL HCL PC for BSNL broadband customers in the country. For further details about pricing and configuration please click here.