|Bajaj Auto India Limited used
nationwide connectivity services from an outsourcing service provider in
order to share information between its nationwide manufacturing plants,
warehouses, and office.
The company has three manufacturing
facilities at Akurdi in Pune, Chakan near Pune, and Aurangabad. It has
15 regional offices in major cities, 12 warehouses in mostly remote locations,
and two liaison offices in Mumbai and Delhi.
The company, which uses
mySAP in its plants, regional offices, and warehouses, wanted its enterprise
portal to cover the sales field employees, dealers and select vendors.
It outsourced its connectivity
needs to the Tata Indicom Enterprise Business Unit. Today, the company's
WAN covers its three plants, 14 regional offices, 12 warehouses, and the
liaison offices in Mumbai and Delhi. The WAN is connected through a Virtual
Private Network (VPN) offered by Tata Internet Services Limited (TISL),
based on a mesh of fibre-optics, VSATs and microwave links.
While all regional offices
and the plant at Akurdi are connected by the private network of TISL,
the plant at Aurangabad is connected by the fibre network of Tata Teleservices
(Maharashtra) Limited. The third plant at Chakan is linked to the Akurdi
plant via microwave links. All three plants are backed up by VSAT links
from TATA Net's hub in Mahape (Navi Mumbai).
The last-mile connectivity
from TISL's POPs to company locations is in the form of 64Kbps leased
lines, backed up by ISDN on dial up. Since most of the depots are located
in remote locations in the northern part of the country, where connectivity
is a problem, TDMA VSATs are used to connect these warehouses together.