Galaxy Backbone has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ericsson to design and deploy ICT based solutions and services supporting the delivery of efficient public services in the country.
The partnership according to officials, is in keeping with the Federal Government’s commitment to leverage ICT for job creation, improved security, economic diversification and social inclusion.
It will also support the vision of the Ministry of Communication’s to deploy e-Government as a tool to improve governance and efficiency in the delivery of quality public services.
“The transformative role of ICT for improved delivery of public services has become quite significant and in Nigeria, Galaxy is at the forefront in terms of the provision of the infrastructure and services that empower federal ministries, state departments and government agencies to achieve their mandates through better service delivery to the citizens they serve,” said Mr Yusuf Kazaure, the Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone.
Under the terms of the partnership spanning three years, Ericsson will serve as advisor, systems integrator and implementation partner for ICT based solutions and services covering the transport, utility and safety and security sectors of the economy.
Ericsson will also manage all deployed solutions and services while building capacity within Galaxy Babckbone and partner public parastals ensuring that all deployments are eventually handed over to the government along with selected private sector players.
Also speaking at the ceremony, which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Mr Johan Jemdahl, Managing Director, Ericsson Nigeria said: “A recent report by Ericsson and the Earth Institute at Columbia University on the impact of ICT on sustainable development, calls on governments to harness technology, investment and new types of partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
“This MoU with Galaxy Backbone touches upon all of these criteria and places Nigeria on a clear path towards meeting the needs of a growing economy using ICT. This partnership also supports our vision of building a networked society in Nigeria and we are excited to be partnering Galaxy Backbone on this journey.”