BITSConnect Initiative #1: The Gigabit backbone

The first BITSConnect initiative - completed in January 2004 - was a $1.5 million (INR 7 crore) project jointly led by BITS Alumni and BITS Pilani. It resulted in a state-of-the-art campus wide network. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Hon'ble President of India, inaugurated this core network – Neuron created by BITSConnect on March 20, 2004.

This first BITSConnect initiative provided BITS with a gigabit backbone, broadband access and telephones and video conferencing abilities (IP telephony) in every room in every hostel, all staff quarters, the guest house, as well as wireless access in Sky and the Library.

BITSAA committed $750K for this first BITSConnect initiative and nearly the entire amount has been collected so far from alumni and friends across the globe.


  • BITSConnect's first initiative, the Gigabit Backbone project, was a INR 7 crore project and alumni funded half of it.
  • BITSConnect isthe  first in a series of alumni-driven projects to contribute to their alma mater.
  • All teams (fundraising, finance, marketing and technical) were voluntary & they brought together alumni across generations.

BITSConnect Technical and Operational Details

Technical Details
Operational Details
Core, distribution and access layers
All volunteer efforts.
More than 20 kilometers of cables.
No overheads.
2-4 Mbps WAN connectivity.
Professionally managed & executed.
4000 voice-grade 10/100 access points over a Gigabit backbone.
Design expertise from Alumni.
LRE (Long Range Ethernet) & Wireless Access (802.11b) available.
Resident experts from deployment partner for first 3 years.
Advanced routing technologies to manage ISP bandwidth across BITS campuses (Pilani, Goa, Dubai).
Student internship and training programs to support & maintain systems.
Leading edge network security via DHCP snopping and Dynamic ARP inspection.
Seed funding by BITS Pilani.
VoIP Phones
Remainder of funds from BITS Alumni around the world.

BITSConnect's Impact

On Research
On Teaching
IPv6  Research, in which BITS is already a national leader, will be boosted by BITSConnect
Complete  online courseware – hybrid delivery of on-campus education.
BITS Virtual University, the most technically  advanced experiment in scaling distance education using state-of-the-art  Internet and Multimedia Technologies, is going to run off the BITSConnect  Infrastructure
Live video streaming of remote lectures to  students rooms (e.g. Alum in US lecturing)
BITS Multimedia Operating System & BITS  Ubiquitous Computing Research initiatives get a fillip with BITSConnect
Interactive real time multicasting of lectures  (“virtually” reduce student-teacher ratio)
Advanced educational & presentation  systems, similar to the well-known ‘Wharton Lectern’ used at the Wharton  School of Business
Distance learning –An effective distance  learning program creates a unique financial model for BITS to be emulated by  other institutions

BITSConnect Core Team

Anita  Agrawal Prof J.P Misra
BP AgrawalSubodh  Mittal
Vinod AgrawalVenu  Palaparthi
Sandeep AroraPankaj  Patel
Dr Rahul BanerjeeAnand  Rajaram
Shyamoli BanerjeeJayan  Ramankutty
Hitesh BhatnagarDeepu  Rathi
Ashish BhindeRohit  Sah
Mukul ChawlaVikram  Shah
Satish GuptaAnupendra  Sharma
Prem JainMani  Sundaram
Roop JainPrashant  Vishwanathan
Karthik KrishnaYogesh  Vaidya (STG)
Raj Khare

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