Friday, December 18, 2009

Galaxy Backbone creates an enabling environment for E-education

Galaxy Backbone is set to leverage its infrastructure in order to drive the largely untouched global revolution in education, training and research in Nigeria.

Chief Education, Development and States Department, Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure made this known in his presentation tagged “Galaxy Backbone Plc: Enabling Connected Institutions Through Partnership” at the Lagos Higher Education Connectivity Project (LHECP)- “Eko Connect” held on December 15, 2009 at the centre for information Technology and systems, University of Lagos.

Knowing that ICT is the major driver of global revolution in Education and Training, he noted that some institution in Nigeria are already deploying ICT in innovative ways to deliver education, “however this is not widespread and not in a collaborative manner”.

He said Galaxy Backbone infrastructure would be deployed to create an enabling environment for e- education adding that the GB’s partnership model would get institutions involved in creating and sustaining their own ICT initiatives.

Kazaure said, on the value proposition of the common platform, “it enables sharing of knowledge and resources and thereby improve efficiency in the system and creates value for money as well as ensuring sustainability”.

He also said that the platform would aid the development of service culture that would in turn make the institutions to focus more on the use rather than technology.

On Galaxy’s contribution in providing a common platform for education system in Nigeria, he said that the body is partnering with other service providers and Nigerian Internet Exchange Point (NIXP) to create multiple layer of redundancy.

He disclosed that GB is in the business of providing studio and distance learning which uncovers opportunities for education where few highly skilled teachers could deliver content through Internet Protocol (IP) multicast technology.

Also on GB’s contribution to the platform, Kazaure explained that the body’s distributed data centre location strategy promotes the development of content in the country and it’s well suited to educational research networks, while adding that GB makes available low cost bandwidth for Higher Education Institution’s (HEI’s).

He stated that “due to the nature of our business, we have a huge amount of bandwidth off peak that we are willing to make available to educational institutions at very low rates”

The Data Centre for co-location and hosted services which has three redundant internet backbones is currently available in Abuja and the second one nearing completion in Minna, he said.

According to him, the distributed data centres will be located within proximity of clusters of educational institutions to provide hosted services, disaster recovery solution and connection to internet backbone.

“We are willing to work with HEI to ascertain their needs and incorporate same into our evolving network”, Kazaure noted.