December 2010

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Bangladesh links village-level govt units to the Internet

Bangladesh has launched Rural Information Service Centres to connect villages  via the Internet to give ordinary people the benefits of information technology.  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed opened the Union Information Service Centre (UISC) for 4,501 local government units across the country.

The centres will provide all government forms, public notifications and gazettes, birth and death registration information, passport and visa support, information on public examinations, new jobs, laws, health, agricultural, and disaster management among others.

These centres will also provide commercial services and social services to the  residents. All unions, the lowest rung of local government, are now linked to the Internet.

Citizen Service
Brunei’s MoD signs infrastructure network contract

The Housing Development Department of the Ministry of Development in  Brunei has signed an infrastructure network contract with Dinamik Giat Trading  Company, with the objective of making housing development services more  accessible to the general public through an e-Government network.

The e-Government project is meant to enhance the infrastructure network that    will connect the Housing  Development Department headquarters with the department’s branches using EG Bandwidth technology.

Connectivity
world Bank proposes ICT infrastructure program for Cariforum member countries

The World Bank has presented a program that would support initiatives for improved information communication technologies within the Caribbean  Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (Cariforum). It is titled as the  Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (Carcip).

Carcip is designed as a broad umbrella program to include all Cariforum  member states. It will be anchored within the Caribbean Community’s ICT  agenda and will be closely coordinated with the Caribbean Knowledge and  Learning Network, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the Caribbean  Association of National Telecommunication Organisations, the Caribbean  Telecommunications Union, the International Telecommunications Union and other initiatives in the region.

Among the proposed objectives are to increase access and affordability of broadband communications networks within the region and countries;  contribute to the development of the regional IT industry; and contribute to  improved government efficiency and transparency through the delivery of  e-services, including e-government and e-society applications.

The World Bank’s lead IT specialist has said that following a formal expression of interest by a Cariforum member state, the Bank would field a team of experts  to design the country program.

Security
Bahrain’s e-Gov Authority gets ISO certified

The island country of Bahrain has become the first country in the Middle East to  win an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification in   the e-Government sector.

The e-Government Authority (EGA) has been awarded the Information Security Certification – the international standard for protecting the  confidentiality,integrity and availability of data. The assessment and certification was awarded by Belgium Group Bureau Veritas, which specialises in auditing, testing and certification licensing.

Power Management
Ericsson to deploy LTe smart grid for energy Australia

As part of an agreement between Ericsson and EnergyAustralia, Ericsson will  design and integrate a multi-vendor wireless access network based on LTE  technology that will enable two-way communications between electrical  control devices, back-end systems and households. The network will be rolled      out across 150 sites in New South Wales in Australia.

This will be part      of Australia’s leading smart grid rollout and will transform Energy  Australia’s electricity network into a smarter, greener and more efficient  network. The telecommunications network will transmit data between  12,000 smart monitoring devices being installed on the electricity distribution  network, up to 3,000 mobile field computers, and 200 zone sub stations.

Energy Australia will conduct trials of an LTE platform commencing in 2011,  with the intent to migrate to a full LTE network. Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide equipment, software and services, leveraging the Melbourne-based  Ericsson Global LTE Competence Centre and its expertisein network design, planning and integration.

EnergyAustralia was recently chosen  by the Australian Government to lead the Smart Grid, Smart City  demonstration project to test Australia’s first fully integrated, commercial scale smart grid.

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