Galaxy Backbone Ltd, a leading ICT infrastructure and services company in Nigeria is set to empower tertiary institutions and Research Education Networks (RENs) in West and Central Africa with its cloud computing infrastructure and other shared ICT
This is the highlight of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Galaxy Backbone Ltd and West and Central Research Education Network (WACREN) to improve the quality of research, teaching and education within the regions.
Under the plan, Galaxy shall leverage its 1-GOV.net shared ICT services platform for MDAs as a platform for integrating Government with academic institutions for the purposes of mutual improvement, knowledge exchange and transfer towards attaining national development objectives.
The partnership between Galaxy and WACREN follows the success of the AfricaConnect project which contributed to the creation of a high-speed R&E network in Eastern and Southern Africa between 2011 and 2015.
AfricaConnect2, a partnership ICT project between WACREN and GÉANT will develop high-capacity internet networks across the entire African continent and connect them to the European GÉANT network, allowing students, researchers and academics in Africa and beyond to collaborate.
The connectivity boost will not only advance research and education locally with opportunities like e-learning and cloud computing, but it will equally benefit scientific studies the world over in areas such as climate change, biodiversity, food security, malaria and other infectious diseases.
‘The signing of the MOU formalizes the principle of a collaboration between the parties on cloud computing infrastructure and other shared ICT services on the one hand and generation of relevant academic content on the other hand along with other professional services”, both parties said