NDMA teams up with GTT, Digicel on Network Expansion Project– NDMA Chairman – collaborating with Huawei to improve network performance – improving capability in Public Security Sector, emergency, fire services

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, May 18, 2018

The National Data Management Authority (NDMA), in collaboration with Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) and Digicel, has purchased leased circuits to extend the e-government network coverage.

NDMA Chairman, Floyd Levi said this network coverage extended to Mabaruma, Port Kaituma, Matthew’s Ridge, Baramita, Santa Rosa, Mahdia, Kwakwani and Bartica.

Using satellite technology, the Chairman said the agency has been able to extend reach in the Rupununi region as well.

Chairman, National Data Management Authority, Floyd Levi

When the Coalition Administration came into office in 2015, Levi said the NDMA, following an assessment, recognised the gaps in the e-government network which spans from Charity, Essequibo to Skeldon, Corentyne. He explained that the Network Expansion Project’s first task involved connecting the large centres operating government offices.

“Now that we’ve been able to do that, we recognise that there is now the need to have better services provided to the mobile segment of government, particularly those in public security, emergency sector and the fire service”, he noted.

In light of this, Levi added that the NDMA has embarked on a project in collaboration with the Chinese company, Huawei to improve network performance. A request then was made to the Government of China for funding. The NDMA Chairman is optimistic that this will be forthcoming.

Levi said the intent is to ensure that in the Public Security Sector there is a “Safe City” component. He explained that this will see all Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the city and in the other towns connected to a national government network that can provide the sector with more capability.

The NDMA Chairman added, “We want to have the Guyana Fire Service better integrated and better abled to provide emergency responses. It will be the same with the Emergency Medical Services.”

The network expansion was tied into improving the services the NDMA can deliver to government agencies and its ability to deliver improved services, “more voice, more video, more data”, Levi further stated.

By Stacy Carmichael

Photo by Gajuan Jordan