Con­tract awarded for in­ter­net ac­cess at Kato school

-as part of hin­ter­land schools ini­tia­tive

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A $23 mil­lion con­tract has been awarded for the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­net ser­vices at the Kato Se­condary School and ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of State Joseph Har­mon this is part of gov­ern­ment’s plan to en­sure that hin­ter­land schools are on par with those on the coast.

Har­mon, dur­ing a post-Cab­i­net press brief­ing on Fri­day, an­nounced that Cab­i­net has given its no ob­jec­tion to the award of the con­tract, val­ued $23,270,419, to IMON Wire­less Solutions.

He ex­plained that the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­net ser­vices to this school is part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme to pro­vide in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity to schools across the coast­land and in the hin­ter­land. He said that sim­i­lar ac­cess is be­ing pro­vided to se­condary schools at Mabaruma, Port Kai­tuma, Santa Rosa, Aishal­ton, Lethem, An­nai, Para­maka­toi, Wara­madong, Kwak­wani, Mah­dia, and Bar­tica.

“…So that all of these schools will have the same fa­cil­i­ties in the hin­ter­land as those that are pro­vided for the schools on the coast,” he said.

These hin­ter­land schools, he ex­plained, are out­side of the gov­ern­ment’s reach and re­quire providers to con­nect them by way of broad­band satel­lite ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to Har­mon, the project, like the oth­ers, was the sub­ject of pub­lic ten­der­ing. “So what we ex­pect …is a qual­ity ser­vice to the stu­dents at that school [Kato]. This is all be­cause the E-Gov­ern­ment net­work has not reached these ar­eas as yet. Ar­eas where they have reached we have al­ready ac­tu­ally started pro­vid­ing ser­vice un­der the E-Gov­ern­ment net­work pro­gramme but we can­not de­lay the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­net ser­vices to the stu­dents in the hin­ter­land be­cause that project hasn’t reached them as yet. So, what is hap­pen­ing is that we have found a way of ac­tu­ally pro­vid­ing the in­ter­net ser­vice now be­fore E-Gov­er­nance reaches them and this is the con­tract which has been awarded and we ex­pect that the stu­dents will be ben­e­fit­ing from these ser­vices,” he added.

Mean­while, Har­mon in­formed that no-ob­jec­tions have been given to a US$187,500 con­tract, which was awarded to CBT Nuggets LLC, for the pro­vi­sion of Nugget Learn­ing Servers to the Na­tional Data Man­age­ment Author­ity; and a $74,005,372 con­tract to NT Com­puteac for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a vir­tual data cen­tre at the Na­tional Data Man­age­ment Author­ity.

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