Telecom Firm Huawei of China to Lead Ghana’s Efforts for ICT Modernization

FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo

China’s telecom giant Huawei will lead the support to the efforts of the government of Ghana to modernize the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and make full use of its benefits to the country, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

According to the report, the ICT firm will lead the country’s efforts to construct a new state-of-the-art facility and replace its existing data center.

China EXIM Bank will finance the first phase of the new data center at $20 million. The said phase is almost complete.

The new data center will enable businesses to have a safe and advanced environment where they can store and protect their data, host websites, and perform active directory and other data-related activities.

Senah Ocloo-Sewor, a data center engineer with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), a state institution which runs the data center, told the media that the old data center lacks the capacity to meet the country’s ICT goals.

The center, which has already established four modules with 44 racks each into which clients can install their equipment, will be expanded by creating more space for more models and more racks This will create more space for people to come and install their servers, as well as their storage and their network equipment.

The center has network security to enable businesses to focus on their core activities while hosting or keeping their data at the center.

The equipment in the network room provides the core network: the core switches, the core routers, core security equipment on the network level, as well as the firewalls with an intrusion prevention equipment, which also have enough backups.

“Currently the main contractor that we have working for us is Huawei Technology. They are providing the installation for the entire infrastructure and the support infrastructure. So the data center module, what we call the IDS 2000, is a Huawei Data Center solution,” a data center engineer said.

In addition, a backup station using IDS 1000 equipment was built by Huawei in Kumasi, 270 kilometers north of the capital.

Source: Manny Salvacion

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