Galaxy Backbone and Swedish telecoms company, Ericsson have closed a deal to deploy technology solutions for improving delivery of public sector services in Nigeria.
The partnership which was signed in Abuja based headquarters of the the ICT shared services provider for the Federal Government is part of efforts to leverage on ICT for job creation, improved security, economic diversification and social inclusion, the companies say.
Under the three years partnership, Ericsson will serve as advisor, systems integrator and implementation partner for information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and services covering the transport, utility and safety and security sectors.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Galaxy Backbone and Swedish telecoms company, Ericsson have closed a deal to deploy technology solutions that improves delivery of public services in Nigeria.[/quote]Ericsson will also manage all deployed solutions and services while building capacity within Galaxy Backbone and partner public parastatals ensuring that all deployments are eventually handed over to the government along with selected private sector players.
After finalising all the scope of the required solutions, all involved parties are expected to jointly agree on the investment business models that will best suit what is required to most efficiently roll out this new vision. Additionally, Ericsson says the inclusion of outside participation from third party investors will be discussed and finalised.
“A recent report by Ericsson and the Earth Institute at Columbia University on the impact of ICT on sustainable development, calls on governments to harness technology, investment and new types of partnerships to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This partnership with Galaxy Backbone touches upon all of these criteria and places Nigeria on a clear path towards meeting the needs of a growing economy using ICT says Johan Jemdahl, Head of Ericsson Nigeria.
This partnership also supports our vision of building a networked society in Nigeria and we are excited to be partnering Galaxy Backbone on this journey” , he adds.
Also Commenting on the deal, Yusuf Kazaure, Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone says that “the transformative role of ICT for improved delivery of public services has become quite significant and in Nigeria, Galaxy is at the forefront in terms of the provision of the infrastructure and services that empower MDAs to achieve their mandates through better service delivery to the citizens they serve.”
According to the Galaxy Backbone CEO, ”this partnership is in keeping with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to leverage ICT for job creation, improved security, economic diversification and social inclusion. It also supports the Minister of Communication’s vision to deploy e-Government as a tool to improve governance and efficiency in the delivery of quality public services.”