The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider, Dig­i­cel, has an­nounced a five year con­tract with the Gov­ern­ment of Bar­ba­dos val­ued at US$2.4 mil­lion to pro­vide it with an ad­vanced Wide Area Net­work (WAN), col­lab­o­ra­tion and high avail­abil­ity Ded­i­cated In­ter­net (DIA) ser­vices.

The over­all in­stal­la­tion was de­signed to scale and can cater to ev­ery gov­ern­ment build­ing and serve ev­ery gov­ern­ment em­ployee in Bar­ba­dos. The new net­work seam­lessly de­liv­ers tele­phony, in­ter­net, email and line of busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions across sev­eral min­istries in­clud­ing the Min­istry of the Civil Ser­vice, the Per­son­nel Ad­min­is­tra­tive Depart­ment, the Min­istry of En­ergy, the Tele­coms Unit and the Civil Avi­a­tion Depart­ment – putting Bar­ba­dos at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion in the re­gion.

In making the an­nounce­ment at the re­cent House of As­sem­bly, Prime Min­is­ter Fre­un­del Stu­art de­scribed this as a “gi­ant step in the di­rec­tion of e-Gov­ern­ment.” He added, “When other de­part­ments be­come con­nected, the [WAN] so­lu­tion will ob­serve sav­ings of up to 53 per cent”.

Mean­while, Martin Keogh, Gen­eral Man­ager for Dig­i­cel Busi­ness said, “We are de­lighted at this new con­tract; we put an ex­pert team to­gether and worked tire­lessly to de­sign and in­stall a na­tional IP net­work that is sec­ond to none in Bar­ba­dos.”

He con­tin­ued, “Thanks to Dig­i­cel Busi­ness, the gov­ern­ment will see sub­stan­tial sav­ings; but the ben­e­fits run wider than cost sav­ings alone. The op­er­at­ing ef­fi­ciency means ev­ery gov­ern­ment body con­nected to the WAN can trans­mit data up to 100 hun­dred times faster than pre­vi­ously, and ex­tends into voice, video, mo­bil­ity, mes­sag­ing, con­fer­enc­ing, in­stant mes­sag­ing and con­tact cen­tre. So this is a spec­tac­u­lar leap for Bar­ba­dos in be­com­ing a knowl­edge-based econ­omy and we salute the gov­ern­ment for aptly lead­ing this trans­for­ma­tion.”

As the lead­ing Busi­ness So­lu­tions provider in the re­gion, Dig­i­cel Busi­ness has also been busy rolling out its fi­bre net­work to more than 800 busi­nesses in Bar­ba­dos and, in line with this, has also in­creased its Busi­ness So­lu­tions team ten­fold to keep up with the de­mand as it con­tin­ues to de­liver a host of other in­no­va­tive and cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to or­gan­i­sa­tions across the coun­try.

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