Dubai Smart Government exploring shared fibre network

Feasibility study underway into shared government fibre optic network
A shared fibre optic network would increase operational efficiency of Dubai government and ensure customers can access smart government services, says Bin Humaidan.
A shared fibre optic network would increase operational efficiency of Dubai government and ensure customers can access smart government services, says Bin Humaidan.

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Dubai Smart Government, along with other Dubai government entities, has launched a feasibility study on developing a shared fibre optic network for government.

The proposed fibre network would connect all Dubai government entities, to improve the quality and provision of government services.

The feasibility study is expected to take around six months, with a first phase, which is already underway, to collect current and future requirements of government and a second phase, which is expected to be completed by the end of December, to deliver practical recommendation on the network specifications, infrastructure and projected return on investment.

The program has commenced with an introductory workshop held at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University to highlight the project and the methodology of the study. The workshop, which was supervised by dedicated teams and saw the participation of 60 employees from 30 Dubai government entities, is aimed at combining efforts, getting to know the current capabilities of government entities, collecting their current data related to linkage lines and evaluating their future needs. The workshop is also aimed at laying the designs and criteria necessary for setting up Dubai Government's fibre optic network as per best practices and the actual requirements of government entities.

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HE Ahmad Bin Humaidan, DSG Director General, said: "This step comes in implementation of the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for shifting to smart government, and in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, to expedite transition to the government of the future. The nature of the upcoming period necessitates us to support government entities in their bid to provide their services to the public through modern and innovative channels, means of communication and network with the aim of bringing happiness to all users."

Bin Humaidan added: "Dubai Smart Government's Strategy 2014-2017 entails comprehensive change in the way services are provided to customers and internal processes are carried out through the use of smart and advanced technology and infrastructure that meets the needs of our customers most speedily and conveniently. We are certain that the feasibility study, which we are currently preparing with respect to a modern shared fibre optic network at the government level, will help raise the operational efficiency and ensure the continuity of work and that customers get government services most speedily and easily."

Bin Humaidan stated that this network is also important as it takes into consideration the accelerating developments that have paved the way for Dubai to be a smart community and as it responds to the smart government's requirements to provide a shared and secure infrastructure that will minimize and rationalize government spending and enhance the optimal use of government resources, thereby supporting the wise leadership's vision for the UAE to become one of the best countries of the world by 2021.

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