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Convergent Enterprise

The connected, converged company

Prakash Bajpai

This track had two speakers from Reliance Infocomm who urged enterprises to introduce revolutionary new convergence technologies that usher in the next level in business efficiency and customer relations. They were Prakash Bajpai, President, Enterprise, and Lalit Sawhney, Senior Vice-President.

It's all about broadband

With broadband technologies making the Internet more accessible, and that too at very high speeds, one question arises in the minds of CIOs today. How does one create a convergent enterprise that is totally connected using broadband?

A convergent enterprise is the one that is connected in real time with its suppliers and vendors, employees at different locations and functions, and is truly responsive to the changing dynamics of customer requirements.

For whether it's a transaction between the business and a consumer, or between two businesses, it is known that the success of e-commerce transactions increases greatly with higher, more efficient speeds. All of which makes high-speed data networks and Internet access in a convergent enterprise a basic requirement for corporate efficiency and success.

The convergent enterprise

Lalit Sawhney

This track presented an overview of a convergent enterprise and the immediate benefits it can bring to an organization.

It covered integrated voice, data and video solutions, including core broadband products, MPLS-based VPN, leased lines, gigabit Internet connectivity, video conferencing and video telephony. This integrated voice-data-video solution framework, delivered through a Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB) architecture, will bring true broadband connectivity to Indian enterprises.

The ways in which this technology can meet a CIO's unique needs were examined, whether it is connectivity or a communication solution, wireless and wireline voice solutions, broadband Internet, leased lines or Ethernet-based leased lines. The track also looked at how this technology can make a network infrastructure available to mobile executives across India, or executives in remote offices, and the strategy to build flexible and secure private networks.

Bajpai highlighted the reach of his organization's nationwide optical fiber backbone, and mentioned a few instances of how this infrastructure helps connect rural and remote nationwide locations to allow e-governance initiatives.

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