Oman's Information Technology Authority (ITA) and the government-owned Oman Broadband Company (OBC) have signed a deal to develop a high speed fibre optic backbone for the Oman Government Network (OGN).
The fibre optic network will provide one gigabit per second connection speeds, one thousand times faster than the current speed. Sixty-three government entities connect to the network, which also links to the ITA's National Data Centre and a backup data centre.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, and Eng. Said bin Abdullah Al Mantheri, CEO of OBC. The upgrade is part of the eTransformation plan adopted by the ITA.
Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi stated: "We are pleased to sign the first phase of the high speed government network with OBC to implement and operate the current active network. The first phase of this implementation will cover 63 HQs for all government organisations in the Muscat region replacing the current lower speeds of OGN. The new network will connect the mentioned HQs with the previous 1GB connectivity and will connect them to the ITA National Data Center (NDC) with a 10 GB backbone.
"This new service will enable government organisations to enhance the service quality and hence better customer satisfaction for their provided services. It will also enable government organisations to integrate by exchanging data to facilitate a true end-to-end service delivery for their customers. The new service will also enable government organisations to focus on their core business by taking part of the Government Cloud and the National Government Data Center state-of-art managed services. ITA looks in the near future to connect regional office of all government organisations with similar speeds in multiple phases of the project."
Eng. Said bin Abdullah al Mantheri said that the new network will help to remove obstacles related to fast data transfer which is currently a challenge to the implementation of eGovernment services.
"This network will transfer data between these government entities significantly as this would serve to unite all government data in a unified national data center," he said.
The implementation is expected to be completed within 12 months.