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Tertiary schools internet connectivity launched

22 December 2014, 10:12Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Minister of Communication Technology and Chairman of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Dr Omobola Johnson, has commissioned the University Inter-Campus Connectivity (UnICC) project at the University of Lagos Medical School.

UnICC is a collaborative effort between the USPF and Nigerian Research Education Network (NgREN).

It represents a unique model of inter-agency and cross ministerial cooperation.

Speaking during the occasion, Johnson stressed that the commissioning is in pursuit of USPF’s objective of facilitating ICT infrastructure and services to tertiary institutions.  

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She said the project was empowered by the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) of 2003, to promote widespread availability and usage of network services throughout Nigeria by encouraging the installation of network facilities and the provision of network services to institutions and to underserved areas and communities in Nigeria.

Teledom implemented the project via subsidies provided by USPF and will extend the 10GB fibre optic NgREN network to all 40 federal Universities, 28 satellite campuses and 12 Medical Colleges as well as accommodate other tertiary institutions such as State Universities, Polytechnics as well as Colleges of Education in the nearest future.

Johnson said the first phase of the project would deploy over 300 kilometers of 48 core, single mode Optic Fibre Cables (OFC) between the main campuses of 17 Universities and their corresponding annexes. The project is creating and equipping 17 Smart Classrooms at the Medical Colleges with interactive smart board, overhead projector, audio visual support systems with lecture recording and playback capabilities and 50 wireless enabled touch screen PCs.

“The project will also enhance the 34 data centers located in these Universities by providing thirty four 10KVA power inverters and associated batteries in addition to providing bio metric access controls and CCTVs at each location to enhance the physical security of the data centres. This is in addition to the MPLS switches, MPLS routers, IP Telephony systems, FM 200 fire extinguishing systems and other enhancements in order to ensure that the OFC network is immediately put to use,” she said.

- CAJ News


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