Ghana taps Alcatel-Lucent for e-government project

Ghana's National Information Technology Agency (NITA) tapped Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) to help it extend a number of online services to government agencies in remote parts of the country.

Delivered through the e-Ghana project, the vendor has been tasked with designing and implementing a 600km fiber-based backbone network which will provide high-speed data links between central government functions and remote and rural locations.

Working in conjunction with local IT hardware and service provider IPMC, Alcatel-Lucent will build a large-scale data center, server and storage infrastructure from HP (NYSE: HPQ), which will host all of the e-government project information. The vendor will also host a Genesys helpdesk solution, a performance rating platform and e-learning systems from Saba.

Besides network infrastructure and services, Alcatel-Lucent will train NITA's employees to ensure what it says will be a "seamless transfer of knowledge so that the NITA teams can take over the full network operation responsibility by the end of the three-year period."

Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which includes its 100G-capable optical coherent technology, the network will link Ghana's north and south as well as international submarine gateways via its eastern corridor.

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