India’S First Integrated Defence Communication Network Launched


India’s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who inaugurated the network at South Block, emphasized on the need to keep the network completely secure all the time.

Delhi The network will enable India Army, Air force, Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process.

It is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles.

Key Details:

  • In the Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country, DCN is the largest single satellite network.
  • It is a strategic, accessible and highly secure system. It has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories.
  • DCN has been designed, developed and deployed by the information technology services, distribution and digital solutions firm HCL Info systems.
  • DCN offers high quality voice, video and data services covering 111 entities spread across the country.
  • HCL Info system has 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 is the first network of Indian armed forces.
  • It interlinks primary installations all over the country on a high band width network
  • It incorporates latest traffic transportation technology in the form of Internet Protocol.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 4, 2016