FG APPROVES MICROSOFT ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT AND MIGRATION OF C-BAND SERVICES TO ACCELERATE DEPLOYMENT OF 5G SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

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The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria has approved an Enterprise Licensing Agreement for Microsoft Products and the clearing up of C-band Spectrum, in order to accelerate the deployment of 5G technology services in the country.
These took place during the meeting of the Council on Wednesday 29th June, 2022. Later the presentation of 3 memos by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Pantami.

The Government-wide Enterprise Licensing Agreement for Microsoft products is a software acquisition cost-reduction strategy for government and it will be implemented by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMC&DE). This agreement is part of the Federal Government’s efforts towards keeping the cost of IT projects within sustainable levels.

The Agreement will give the government access to discounted prices and other cost benefits, as well as reduce project duplication across Federal Public Institutions (FPIs). It will also guarantee proper technical support for Microsoft products and services, by ensuring protection against cybersecurity threats, which will guarantee availability and reliability of government IT services .

The Enterprise Licensing Agreement will provide a projected savings of a minimum of 35% of Governments current investment in Microsoft Products and Services.

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