PNG INFORMATION and Communications Technology Minister Timothy Masiu says the Government has endorsed to start the use of cloud services through a whole-of-government approach as part of implementing cost-effective and efficient computing services.
Masiu stressed that government computing costs were an annual headache and the decision to migrate to the cloud was taken as a cost-saving measure as well.
“Government employs about 122,000 people and this is equivalent to tens of thousands of computers, UPSs, software, servers and volumes of data generated and stored with mounting software licence renewal, security and maintenance costs,” he said.
Masiu said that the Government, on average, spends at least K160 million yearly on general telecommunications and internet services with private internet service providers, and this comprises K40 million on internet access, K100 million on telephony services and K20 million on dedicated internet connections, data storage and website hosting.
“Our commitment to our citizens remains, and that is to keep on slashing the Government’s K160 million annual bill and funding some of the Government’s own ICT goods and services programmes from the savings achieved.”
Masiu reminded all government agencies that the Department of Information and Communication Technology is mandated as the coordinating agency for:
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