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  • The new design for the Government’s proposed communications network ‘GovNet’, which is expected to result in greater efficiency in the public sector, is to be completed by July.
  • Challenges were encountered with the previous design, which was at an advanced stage.
  • Mr. Robinson pointed out that GovNet is to be a secure wide area network ‘backbone’ communication infrastructure.

The new design for the Government’s proposed communications network ‘GovNet’, which is expected to result in greater efficiency in the public sector, is to be completed by July.

Challenges were encountered with the previous design, which was at an advanced stage.

State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 11.

“Right now all ministries, agencies and departments manage their own infrastructure. We are now doing a new design for GovNet,” he said, noting that this will facilitate cost effective and efficient services to citizens.

Mr. Robinson pointed out that GovNet is to be a secure wide area network ‘backbone’ communication infrastructure, which will connect Government Ministries Agencies, and Departments, to facilitate shared services, including data centre computing services (Gov-Cloud), consolidated voice communication system (Gov-Talk), consolidated email system (Gov-Email), and Gov-Internet.

He noted that this integrated system for the public sector, is crucial to minimising communication costs, citing statistics from 2012 which reveal that the Government spent approximately US$8 million on government to government calls.

“(That’s) just somebody in government calling somebody in government…We are looking at a Gov-Talk system, which will eliminate the need for all of these, particularly the cellular calls,” he said.

He also noted that for that period, the Government spent an additional $4 million on data services.