The Kenyan Government has struck a deal to develop the Government Cloud Service Project with Huawei Technologies Company Limited, a Chinese global ICT company that specializes in the manufacture of telecommunications equipment and provision of networking solutions. The deal, which was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will give Huawei the mandate to equip the government with cloud infrastructure and services where government data and applications will be moved to.
At the same time, Huawei will develop a data exchange and sharing platform to augment government services based on the popularity of information technology in the local scene. Admittedly, the government relies on several ICT provisions to for its daily administration purposes. The relative cost of such services and applications across different platforms and databases hinders the exchange of information across government departments. For this reason, a data exchange and sharing platform will come in handy in ensuring real-time operation of data.
What’s more, the world’s top telecommunication manufacturer has signed an agreement that will see the training of 30 Kenyan youth in the next 3 years, as well as the donation of modern radio technology and communication systems for the Kenya Police. The donation, which includes 150 Radio Trunking Terminals for automatic direction of radio traffic, 6 Evolved Node B Stations (hardware that is connected to the mobile phone network that communicates directly and wirelessly with mobile handsets) and Radio Trunking System Core Network and Dispatch System (for voice and video dispatching) will benefit the police in Nakuru, Kisumu and Eldoret.
Huawei has been active in the local scene owing to its primary role in enhancing police surveillance systems in Nairobi and Mombasa and as a technology partner in the development of the SGR.