PMC Engages Intel To Unwire Pune

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 22, 2006

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has selected Intel Technology as the chief technology and program management consultant to architect the project ‘Unwired Pune’ by 2007.

PMC took this step to deliver an easy, seamless internet connectivity solution to citizens, businesses and academic institutions. This wireless communication network infrastructure will cover the entire 400 sq kms of Pune city.

Nitin Kareer, Commissioner, PMC said, “As much as providing basic facilities such as sanitation, sewage, roads, street lights, health, etc, PMC would like to provide basic IT infrastructure such as stable internet connectivity to its citizens to enhance their overall outlook by exploiting the vast information pool and advantages of Internet. This will surely be a huge differentiator for Pune city and will enhance the status of moving Pune towards becoming the IT capital of the country.”

Intel has suggested deploying WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies to empower Pune with high speed wireless internet. Wireless connectivity will enable people to access the Internet through a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA) without physically connecting it to a network.

Intel will create a high performance technical architecture and detailed design to best meet PMC’s requirements. It will also conduct workshops, training programs and establish an industry standard end-to-end project management methodology.

Rick Echevarria, VP, Intel Software & Solutions Group said, “Intel believes that wireless technology, can help countries revolutionize digitally. Standard-based wireless broadband connectivity can enable technologies to facilitate better education, healthcare, agricultural productivity and income while improving small business and e- government access. ‘Unwire Pune’ is a prestigious project for us and we congratulate PMC for their strategic vision and pioneering efforts.”