Comprehensive arrangements have been made by the Communications and Information Technology Ministry for ensuring connectivity through a reliable, safe, and high-speed network during Commonwealth Games, 2010.
Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said besides massive infrastructure works, quiet but significant preparations are also underway to ensure that Information Technology facilitating the games is state of the art. All works are in advanced stages of implementation and will be completed well in time before the commencement of the games, he said.
About Rs 4 billion will be spent by MTNL to wire all venues of Commonwealth Games with high speed internet access to facilitate the largest sporting event to be hosted by India. Three separate but interconnected networks, namely the Security Network, the Broadcasting Network, and Data Network are being implemented by MTNL.
The Broadcasting Network will be responsible for taking live feeds from all stadia and relaying it to the International Broadcasting Centre in Pragati Maidan, from where it would be made available to broadcasters. The Data Network will coordinate activities like ticketing, related logistics etc.
Security network would also be comprised of Optical Fiber Network which would transmit security related information inter & intra stadium for secured & trouble free operation & management of Commonwealth Games in different stadia.
Telecommunications Consultants India (TCIL) under the Department of Telecom is executing works worth about Rs 850 million. The works cover Supply & Installation of Network Switches to be installed in different stadia and venues. These switches will be linked up for the purpose of transmission of games data and security data for operation & management of games in different stadia. In addition, TCIL will be taking care of Supply & Installation of computers equipped with adequate security measures in different places for integrating with games & security data network. TCIL will also build up Intra Stadia Optical Fibre Network for transporting these signals in highly efficient manner. In addition, TCIL shall also take care of supply & installation of office automation, audio - visual equipments along with cable TV for conducting games in proficient way.
Ministry sources said 265 kilometers of cable has been laid in Delhi. Out of the 41 sites under control of Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games, 16 sites including different stadia like the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Thyagaraj Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Chhatrasal Stadium, Police Headquarters, and the St.Stephens, Hindu, Khalsa, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Daulat Ram colleges and Ludlow Castle school were made available and installation of network equipment is in process.
Preparations have also been made to ensure that entire IT infrastructure for the Games is adequately protected against any malicious elements.