Provision of Internet Bandwidth through the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) and Consolidation of Microsoft Licenses-MDA Sensitisation
NITA-U held a sensitisation meeting with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to consult and engage them on the Internet Bandwidth being provided through the NBI and the enrolment of MDAs into the Microsoft Business and Service Agreement (MBSA).
A second of its kind, the meeting was a platform for MDAs to provide feedback and recommendations that will be used in the improvement of the delivery of Internet Bandwidth and enrolment of Government entities into the Microsoft Business and Service Agreement (MBSA).
The presentations gave a highlight of the status of implementation of the NBI/EGI Project and enrolment of MDAs into the MBSA, the License Management Process as well as requirements for MDAs to enrol into the MBSA.
Speaking at the engagement, NITA-U Executive Director, James Saaka emphasised the need for integration of all Government IT systems and infrastructure to remove duplication and improve service delivery in Government services as stated in the Rationalisation Strategy.
“The Rationalisation strategy was put in place to harmonise procedures for acquisition, deployment and utilisation of IT Infrastructure and services to eliminate wastage of resources arising from duplication of efforts and initiatives within Government” he said.
The Strategy is hinged on five (5) key interventions; the use of the NBI/EGI Infrastructure as the primary vehicle for all Government data Internet and voice services, centralised hosting Services, Data Centres and Disaster Recovery Services, establishment of a Centrally managed National Databank, promotion of Unified Messaging and Collaboration Services (UMCS) and the consolidation and Bulk Licensing of applications and Software licenses.
The implementation of the strategy will ensure that IT services are provided with the best possible Infrastructure, in the most comprehensive way and with the highest possible standards to ensure well-coordinated and harmonized IT initiatives and efforts in the Country.
NITA has so far connected 135 Government entities to the NBI with 98 MDA sites receiving Internet Bandwidth and plans to extend connectivity to an additional 110 MDA sites in this FY2016/17.
The use of NBI as the primary vehicle for all Government data Internet and voice services has led to a reduction in Government expenditure to the tune of UGX 5.287 billion per annum due to the reduction of cost of Internet Bandwidth from USD 700 per Mbps per Month to USD 300.
This cost is expected to reduce further on completion and implementation of the 3rd phase of the NBI that will result in wider extension and connectivity of the backbone.