ABUJA: AIRTEL Nigeria has entered into a strategic partnership with Computer Warehouse Group to deploy the country’s first research and education network.
The initiative, dubbed the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), is in demonstration of the company’s commitment to empower Nigerians with the latest mobile Internet and Enterprise Business solutions, officials said.
Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, expressed delight at the initiative.
He said the programme underscores the company’s objective of repositioning as Nigeria’s leading Enterprise Business and mobile Internet service provider and in line with its core corporate philosophy of enriching lives.
He also noted that Airtel was passionate about the development of the education sector in tandem with the company’s major Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.
“At Airtel Nigeria, we are committed to creating an innovative Enterprise Business and mobile communications solutions that will enrich lives and empower Nigerians to fulfill their dreams. Airtel will continue to support programmes and initiatives that will deepen learning, research, innovation and digital content in Nigeria,” Ogunsanya said.
The historic NgREN is said to be the first Research and Education Network in the whole of West and Central Africa.
It employs information and communication technologies to drive inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and shared access to knowledge across national and international boundaries.
The unique programme, which Vice President, Namadi Sambo, is scheduled to open later at the National Universities Commission in Maitama, Abuja, is an outcome of the National Universities Commission’s partnership with the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to establish a foundation that will redefine research and learning in tertiary institutions across the country.
The project also enjoys the support of the World Bank as it seeks to create an elaborate infrastructural backbone to interconnect all research and education institutions in the country and link them with other research and education networks worldwide.
In the phase that is ready for commissioning, Airtel Nigeria is connecting the 27 older Federal Universities in Nigeria through the provisioning of core backbone connectivity across four geographical Zones in the country namely Kano-Abuja, Abuja-Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt-Lagos and Lagos-Kano.
The NgREN project is in its first phase and a critical component is the implementation of a full-mesh, high performance national backbone network interconnecting all member campuses to provide state-of-the-art high performance/broadband network with internet access.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY