Qatar Telecom (Qtel), ictQatar, the Ministry of Interior and Kahramaa recently launched a new secure Government Network initiative.
The e-government project, which is being implemented by ictQatar, will allow government agencies to be directly linked together over a secure communications platform, enabling improved data sharing and enhanced security for e-services.
Hassan Al Sayed, executive director of the Government Information Management Office (GIMO) of the ictQatar, said launching the e-government is an important moment in the development of a new era in the way government services are delivered to the people.
Al Sayed said, during the kick-off meeting between the leading companies and major government agencies, their major investment in Government Network initiative “helps to lay the foundations for the Qatar National Vision 2030, which will ensure Qatar’s position as an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for its people.”
This will ensure the delivery of higher qualities of service for the people of Qatar, and provide a framework for greater innovation across fields such as education, healthcare and online support. Qtel is building and hosting the Government Network, in one of the largest and most sophisticated projects ever conducted in the governmental sector in the region.
“This is a major undertaking, and the Government Network’s sophistication reflects Qatar’s ambition to build its knowledge-based economy and help position the country on the cutting-edge of ICT technology being used for the service of our people. By bringing different government entities together on a shared, highly secure network, we will enable initiatives to deliver coordinated responses that make a real impact on people’s lives,” said Eng. Khalid Al Mansouri, executive director of Qtel’s Business Solutions.
Including the building and maintaining the Network infrastructure, Qtel is also providing ongoing professional consultancy support for the project.
The Government Network will provide basic network connectivity to a complete set of managed services, as well as a centralised operational network and a support service 24/7.
In addition, it will offer highly secure high-speed connections to the Internet. Agencies will be able to make their applications and services available to other agencies over a secure platform where they can also exchange data.
Apart from Ministries, hospitals and schools, the Government Network initiative will also involve agencies’ headquarters and remote sites, as well as agencies and the operations of the Qatar Data Centre (QDC).
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