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Africa : 12 Million Nigerians to be connected with ICT

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Galaxy Backbone Plc is planning to provide ICT skills to about 12 million citizens of Nigeria, especially who are living in rural areas. Once the ongoing project will be completed, an estimated 12 million Nigerians will have digital access of post offices.

The Galaxy Backbone has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) for this project. Under the MOU, Galaxy will provide VSAT-based connectivity to all NIPOST's 1500 post offices across the country while training would be offered to its staff to be able to operate and maintain the infrastructure. Galaxy back bone Plc is 100% federal government owned and was incorporated in 2006 but commenced operations in early 2007.

The company is expecting to reach 5,000 locations nationwide concentrated mainly at the local government levels. The critical data in government will be stored in government data centres which will have a back up that is located in Abuja as the standards for such infrastructure requires. Most of what Galaxy will be doing is at least, 90% have already been approved by government.

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