The National Information Technology Agency (NITA) has outsourced some of its infrastructure to telecommunications company Lebara Ghana, to manage, a Deputy Minister for Communications, George Andah, has said.
Appearing before Members of Parliament on the floor of the House on Thursday, to answer questions on the current state of the commercialisation of NITA, Mr. Andah indicated that following successful negotiations, NITA has signed an initial ten years contract with Lebara with effect from May 10, 2018 and may be renewable for an additional five-year term, subject to termination in accordance with this contract.
“The parties have agreed that Lebara Ghana shall commence operations within six months after signing of this contract”.
The strategic direction of National Information Technology Agency (NITA) is to shift from the paradigm of government supporting the operations of the infrastructure.
This approach has failed a lot of sensitive and expensive installations by governments in the past.
NITA agreed a new direction to partner a private firm to commercialise excess capacity of its infrastructure by leasing the infrastructure on agreed terms to take care of the operations and maintenance and to reinvest returns without displacing NITA’s ownership of the infrastructure.
In pursuance of the above, NITA invited tenders through an international competitive tender from prospective private partners to commercialise two data centers (Accra and Kumasi), 778 Fiber Backbone Network, Metro Fiber Networks, and LTE Network(4G).
NITA, in a letter dated October 13,2016, issued Lebara Ghana Limited a Notification of Award which also constitutes the formation of a contract for the commercialisation of the infrastructure for an initial ten-year period and may be renewable for additional five years based on the terms and conditions in the contract.
NITA exists to create an enabling environment for effective deployment and use of ICT by all sectors, through the implementation of sound policies and regulatory framework.