Integrated Defence Communication Network
In July 2016, India’s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched. The network will enable India Army, Air force, Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process.
- DCN is the largest single satellite network in the Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country.
- It is a strategic, highly secure and scalable system. It has has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories.
- The tri-communication network makes voice data and video data accessible to the three services over a secured network.
- It has been designed, developed and deployed by the information technology services, distribution and digital solutions firm HCL Infosystems.
- It is capable of working on both terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles.
- HCL Infosystems has had a long association with the Indian Defence sector. The company has closely worked with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to deploy AFCEL (Air Force Cellular Network) and Air Force Network (AFNet).
AFNet: It is the first network of its kind for Indian armed forces which interlinks major installations throughout the country on a high bandwidth network and incorporates latest traffic transportation technology in the form of Internet Protocol.