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November 21, 2007

Telemedicine projects in India and Africa

Railways to expand telemedicine network in India

This sketchy report talks about the India Railways and their expansion of their support from the current 9 facilities to 23.

African nations agree to US$1 billion Indian satellite project

This is India's plan to invest $1 billion "in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project, a joint initiative with the Africa Union aimed at developing the region's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure."

Twenty-seven African nations have signed on so far to this project which will connect their countries by satellite and fiber-optic network.

The project will include installation of Very Small Aperture Technologies (VSATs) to carry VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) communication. The VSATs will be used for online education and telemedicine programs expected to extend ICT infrastructure to rural areas and other underserved communities. The telemedicine network will be used to share knowledge from Indian doctors with their African counterparts through an online training program.


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