Officials are working with France-based Alcatel-Lucent on the project, which will link approximately 400 buildings in 13 regional urban centers through Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Cloudband and IP platforms, which will be integrated into Alcatel's Government Cloud (G-Cloud) infrastructure.
“The G-Cloud network will allow the distribution of applications and resources at all times, wherever necessary, while providing consolidated cloud and network management," Nébila Amadou Yaro, minister of Burkina Faso's Ministry of Development of the Digital Economy and Posts, said. "This will allow the system to be operated as a unique virtual environment. This project will have many positive impacts for Burkina Faso, including micro and macro-economic growth, and increasing the efficiency of health and education services.”
The multi-million-dollar project is one step in an information-technology and telecommunications plan developed by Burkina Faso's Ministry for Digital Development. It will impact the nation's health, education, justice, immigration and parliamentary sectors, among others.
“Alcatel-Lucent is proud and happy to build this project, the first Government Cloud in the region, for the government of Burkina Faso," Alpin Verlet, head of Alcatel-Lucent activities in West and Central Africa, said. "This project will soon become a very strong exemplary project, showing how a forward-thinking government is using the cloud technology to provide its citizens with access to government’s services.”