Communication network for Jammu & Kashmir

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Network For J&K

Hills are tough terrains and it is even tougher to capture them for any utility but when it came to the strategic area of Jammu & Kashmir STL never looked at the uphill task as impossible. This is the story of a team and their unphased willpower that stood strong in the making of India’s defence telecommunication fiber laid down at Jammu & Kashmir where challenges are immense and the results are achieved with pride.

Map Of J&K

As the department of telecommunications began work on 57,000 km nationwide communication network for the exclusive use of defence forces through BSNL STL took up the challenge of deploying and maintaining nearly 10,000 kms of secure smart network for the highly tactically border areas of Jammu & Kashmir.

Network Layout in J&K

In 2013, the department of Telecommunication decided to separate networks for Indian defence services and they were looking for a very capable and competent system integrator to deploy such a large network across the country. STL thought this is a great opportunity to be involved and be a part of nation-building program. The task at hand connecting multiple defence forces in Jammu & Kashmir & Ladhak with a secured communication network and in real-time visibility on threats within India’s borders.

Service Innovation
Local Support in J&K

Pan India scope of the NFS project was around 57,000 km out of which 10,000 km was to be executed in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladhak. To deliver this project in the World’s toughest terrain STL has used smarter network technologies and service innovations.

As everybody knows, this was one of the challenging projects. Jammu & Kashmir is a territory where such volume of fiber has never been laid and since it was an Army network, it was all the more difficult to handle. So when we started planning this project in the initial stages we realized that we have two large challenges that we have looked upon. One is working in a state like Jammu and Kashmir which is the most difficult part to work. The ease of doing business is very tough. Towards that, we have brought the teams from the local regions off other places in the country who have requisite skills and competencies. The other challenge was about managing dumb multi-stakeholder collaboration which required a complex project like this. Towards addressing this the team started collaborating with the local authorities and reducing the dull process two minimize the touchpoints. We started with the survey of the links, where we had to survey around 9000 kilometres. While conducting the survey also faced a lot of challenges because of doing network for the Army you have to go to the Line of Control of China and Pakistan sides. It was very difficult as there are a lot of shelling many problems and hindrances.

Working in J&K
Network for J&K

The Army areas were extremely difficult to get a hold of and were challenging to reach. We rented two containers of 40 and 20 feet and made an office out of it and around 20-25 people stayed there. We were working on a stretch at a height of around 13,000 feet above sea level.

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