- Published on 25 October 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Indian Air Force today launched its own 3 G Cellular Network named AFCEL (Air Force Cellular), becoming first among the services to have commissioned its own captive 3 G network
Launching the pan India AFCEL project, the Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said, “Today’s launch of Phase I of AFCEL in the National Capital Region is yet another milestone in the IAF’s transformation into a modern, networked, aerospace with full spectrum dominance. With the IAF’s 3G WCDMA project, we are taking a quantum leap forward in our quest to provide mobile and secure ‘end-point’ connectivity to the air warriors deployed across the length and breadth of our country.
AFCEL will facilitate real time exchange of information in an ever dynamic operational environment that we operate in. Considering the ever increasing relevance of cellular devices in our work space AFCEL will form a crucial component of IAF’s network centric operations delivering timely and accurate information to our air warriors. I am certain that provision of this capability will keep our men and women connected to the Information Grid and ensure high situational awareness as well as greater synergy in Command and Control functions.”
“While the AFCEL nodes will cover a number of fixed locations, there would also be Mobile Base Transmitting Stations (MBTS) which will extend connectivity to remote areas as well. These BTS will provide critical secure communications support for voice, SMS and data exchange and have a force multiplication effect in the conduct of our operations.” he further added.
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