1. The network will provide e-Services with priority on tele-education and tele-medicine services, and VVIP connectivity (for Video-conferencing and VoIP services) among the Heads of States.
2. The basic objective of the Pan-African e-Network project is to help Africa in capacity building by way of imparting quality education to students, through the best Indian Universities/ Educational Institutions and to provide tele-medicine services by way of on-line medical consultations to the medical practitioners in the patient-end locations from Indian medical specialists in various disciplines/ specialties/ sub-specialties, such as general/internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, pathology, dermatology, Urology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, gynecology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology etc.
3. The network will be implemented in all the countries, which sign the country agreement with TCIL within one year of establishment of Satellite Hub Earth Station.
4. Tele-education service will be provided by the Indian Universities to the participating countries in the educational programmes (Post-graduate, Under-graduate, Certificate and Diploma Courses) selected by African Union. Over a period of 5 years, 10,000 students of Africa will be imparted education in the agreed courses.
5. Tele-medicine services will be provided by the Indian Super Specialty Hospitals to the participating countries. It is planned to provide on-line medical consultation for hour to each country per day over 5-year period. In addition, off-line medical advice will be given for 5 patients per day per country.
6. The project also covers Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practicing doctors and the paramedical staff with a view to updating and enhancing their knowledge and skills.
7. During the implementation of the project, TCIL will organize training programmes at the regional centers in Africa to familiarize their Telecom. IT and Paramedical staff who are required to operate the equipments/network on day-to-day basis. The training will cover the concepts, system/architecture and operating procedures in respect of the network elements installed in the African countries.
8. Tele-education set up in Indian universities shall be equipped with post-production facilities. The Data Centre in TCIL Bhawan, Delhi shall have a web portal comprising universal tele-education delivery system software which will incorporate e-learning, content management and digital library solutions for each university as an integrated package. Teacher will be able to interact with the selected students in a sequence and also simultaneously collaborate with them using the collaborative tools; return IP link will provide audio, video and data connectivity to the university studio and enable students to have a live interaction. Remote location will easily become a teacher to all the connected users seamlessly using the return link. All the seven studios shall be controlled and managed by the Central Hub for management, scheduling, broadcasting, review learning process etc. All the 53 learning centers in Africa will act as virtual classrooms and also can be network-enabled for further expansion.
9. The network is designed to have 159 VSAT based centres (5 UCs, 5 SSHs, 53 LCs, 53 PEHs, and 53 VVIP Nodes) and a satellite hub station to deliver the services mentioned above. The proposed network utilizes state-of-the-art technology and can be integrated with the latest technologies. The network is scalable to support different applications catering to increased number of users.
10. Five regional leading universities and five regional super specialty hospitals in Africa also will provide tele-education and tele-medicine services respectively in the respective region or all the countries of Africa, decided by AU.
11. The complete local infrastructure in each individual participating country, viz. building, power, water, air-conditioning, furniture, flooring, fire alarm, security etc., for the equipment rooms shall be responsibility of the participating country and the cost of utilities and consumables shall also be borne by the participating countries.
12. Infrastructure viz, building, power, air-conditioning, furniture, water, fire-protection system required for the equipment at the identified Universities and Super Specialty hospitals of India, shall be the responsibility of the participating universities and super specialty hospitals and cost of the same shall be borne by them.
13. Manpower required for use and day-to-day handling/operation on the equipments installed in each African country, Indian Universities and super specialty hospitals shall be arranged by the respective African country and the respective Indian Universities and super specialty hospitals at their cost.