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Published On: Tue, Jun 19th, 2018

Galaxy Backbone partners private sector, hosts 300 MDAs

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Currently hosting the network of 300 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Galaxy Backbone, is set to incorporate the private sector in its digital services.
Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure, said in Abuja that the organization was presently digitalizing government to enhance private and public sector businesses.
According to him, the organisation has the biggest internet connectivity centre, which will be capable of hosting the networks of both MDAs and the private sector.
Galaxy Backbone is a government company to provide digital services to public institutions and had grown exponentially with the capability to cater for private sector.
“Within the context of providing services to the private sector, we are currently doing that on incidental level.
“Hitherto, we have been rolling out our infrastructure and we probably have the largest fibre foot print in Abuja.
“A digitised government will be the attraction for every citizen and every business that has an interface with government; we are primarily going to initiate the connection.
“Beyond that, we have also been in talks with several service providers, because the infrastructure we provide is not really consumer level oriented but more focused on providing services to other service providers,” the Managing Director stated.
Kazaure said that the fibre infrastructure would be enabled for sharing agreement among network service providers to further generate more revenue for the government.
“When you are talking of fibre infrastructure, you just have to share agreement with other service providers.
“That will eventually make for the generation of revenues that the government wants to get through the use of ICT and other services.”
The MD added that Galaxy Backbone had constantly received certification from British Standard Institute, which was an indication of delivering services of international standard.
“We have the certification on ISO 20,000 and ISO 27,001, which are more focused on information security.
“ICT has certain standards you must conform to, so we opened our doors to be examined to ensure we are practising in the best way internationally.
“As an organisation responsible for hosting government data, security is very important to us and instead of relying on systems we built, we went for ISO 27,001.”
Kazaure said the certification of the organisation’s data centre had placed it in a better position to provide additional data services for revenue generation and subsequently for other data centres in the country.
The MD, however, said that Galaxy Backbone was sustaining collaborations with other sister agencies under the Ministry of Communication, to ensure better service delivery among MDAs.
He said its collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for example, was on a complementary level for quality service.
“Our relationship is complementary; NITDA is the regulator, it sets standards and policies to be used in ICT both in government and private sector, whereas Galaxy was set up primarily to provide services for government.
“So we have primarily infrastructure that we use to deliver these services. The MOU is to provide them services and host their data, which is in line with what we provide for other agencies.”

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