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Fujitsu-TSTT, Trinidad gov't ink multimillion-dollar contract

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data? IP networks? communications?

The gap for Trinidad and Tobago to achieve a developed nation status will be within one's reach upon successful signing of a multimillion-dollar government contract awarded jointly to Fujitsu Transaction Solutions (Trinidad) Ltd and Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT). The contract is set for Fujitsu and TSTT to create state-of-the-art data management tools on an ultra high-speed communications network that will be used for Ministries and government agencies and providing easy public access to online state services.

Mervyn Eyre, CEO, Fujitsu (Caribbean), said the technology that will be provided by both firms will enable the government to scale and expand its services. "This is like an IP-based network that works well in the Net. The technology has been widely used making it called a future-proof. Its versatility avoids the technology from getting obsolete.

Concerted efforts
The network will be tested and maintained by a consortium led by TSTT and Fujitsu. "When completed, the consortium will establish 'GovNeTT', as it is popularly called, and will be the biggest data network in Trinidad and Tobago. This will provide a more sophisticated system than the one used in major corporations in the country," said TSTT CEO Roberto Pe�n.

GovNeTT is part of the government's objective of making 50 percent of its services to be accessible by 2009. "This initiative enables a direct interaction with agencies and in making the institutions more accountable to the public," said Arlene McComie, permanent secretary, Ministry of Public Administration.

The second phase of the project will boost around 500 metro-Ethernet links with ultramodern Internet Protocol based on high-speed data communications circuits for state ministries and entities throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The technology is expected to deliver government and consumer transactions in a more secured and efficient network. This will also be a means to achieve the country's goal of having a knowledge-based society.

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