Airtel Nigeria, one of the leading mobile phone companies in the country and Computer Warehouse Group, an ICT solutions company, said they are collaborating to deploy Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), the pioneering research and education network in the country.
Under the plan, the first phase that is ready for commissioning will connect the 27 older Federal Universities in Nigeria through a 1Gigabit link for communication exchange across four geopolitical zones in Nigeria, the mobile phone company announced.
The core backbone connectivity across four geographical zones in Nigeria, Kano-Abuja; Abuja-Port Harcourt; Port Harcourt-Lagos and Lagos-Kano, will be wired by a 155mbps link from the regional aggregation point to each of the selected universities in those regions. Another 155mbps Duplex Dedicated Internet service shared centrally by the selected universities in those regions is also part of the loop, Airtel said.
The NgREN, an initiative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is the first Research and Education Network in the whole of West and Central Africa. It employs Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to drive inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and shared access to knowledge across national and international boundaries.
NgREN is an outcome of the National Universities Commission’s partnership with the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to establish a foundation that will redefine research and learning in tertiary institutions across the country.
Commenting on Airtel’s role in deploying the NgREN, Segun Ogunsanya, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria says “At Airtel Nigeria, we are committed to creating an innovative Enterprise Business and mobile communications solutions that will enrich lives and empower Nigerians to fulfill their dreams. Airtel will continue to support programmes and initiatives that will deepen learning, research, innovation and digital content in Nigeria.”
The NgREN project is in its first phase and a critical component is the implementation of a full-mesh, high performance national backbone network interconnecting all member campuses to provide state-of-the-art high performance/broadband network with Internet access, Airtel says.