Building of Digital Infrastructure is the most invested key strategy of ICTA towards creating a knowledge-based society through digitally empowered citizens. Aim is to provide the benefits of the Information and Communication Technologies to every citizen in the country and ICTA has planned number of initiatives to make the government services efficient, convenient and friendly parallel to this strategy.
ICTA already has implemented Lanka Government Network (LGN) connecting more than 850 government organizations in the country. Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) has been implemented provide cost effective, reliable and secure infrastructure facilities. In order to achieve the objective of digitally inclusive nation, the constraints and limitations of the LGN and LGC have to be eliminated and services have to be expanded rapidly aligned with the latest technology trends.
“Lanka Government Network” (LGN) project is a strategic project of ICTA. The government of Sri Lanka has recognized the need for a digital economy and has taken measures to digitalize the administration in order to successfully face future economic and social challenges.
Main objective of the LGN project is to build high available, high speed, secure, reliable and centrally managed dedicated government network to link all government institutions to a single digital infrastructure. By successfully deploying the LGN project, ICTA aims at encouraging public sector employees to get better acquainted with Information and Communication Technology (ICT), assuring efficiency and smooth flow of information as well as improving standards of service in the public sector to be able to provide efficient citizen services.
Lanka Government Network version 2.0 (LGN 2.0) backbone will connect all the government organizations of GOSL in a cost-effective and secure manner to provide centralized Internet, Email and video conferencing services, enabled access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any government organization. Also, it will provide number of government e-services and trusted and secure connectivity to all government organizations to exchange government data and information.
As the first phase of the project LGN main VPN core and 860 government organization have been connected. That includes 331 Divisional Secretariats, 25 District Secretariats, 50 Ministries, 87 Departments, 46 Hospitals, 321 Other Government organizations island wide.
The proposed LGN 2.0 initiative offers up to 100 Mbps last mile connectivity for all government location through fiber optic media. Also from this network ICTA intends to build their Local area network with providing Wi-Fi facilities with enabling cross government dedicated network in Sri Lanka.
To make this reality, ICTA has planned to connect 3,500 government organizations and buildings with a minimum bandwidth of 100Mbps, and this will be further expanded up-to 7,500 locations by connecting country’s post office network. All of these locations will be facilitated with Wi-Fi zones, which will create a conducive environment to the citizens to use government services conveniently.
The benefits of this project lies in a wide range as this project remove physical boundaries of the government institutions and offer effective and efficient government service to the public. Through this project, people in rural areas of the country will be able to access to government services even from rural areas of the country. Therefore it will open new business opportunities at the grass root level people due to availability of information and technology. Further it will reduce travelling costs and expenditure on obtaining government services due to the accessibility of government services in every part of the country. Added to that government will get the capacity to perform efficiently and effectively with the improved connectivity and availability of common digital platforms.
It is also expected to achieve significant cost reduction in government sector by avoiding paper based communication and documentation by moving in to digital communication and documentation by using the available government network. Ultimately it will positively contribute to the improve citizen satisfaction and employee satisfaction due to the efficient service delivery and improved job satisfaction as well.
From this network both government employees and citizens will be able to easily connect the network using any of their Wi-Fi enabled device. This has long proven to be a reliable and efficient method of connectivity. Further, both employees and citizens will be allowed to access government services and internet using their Wi-Fi enabled device. However, all user groups will be allow Wi-Fi with different user policies for the internet access. However, there is no any restriction for accessing government services through LGN network. Government employees will be able to connect the LGN from anywhere in the country to perform their duties due to the wireless access technology.
ICTA has designed this project with future compatibility. Nowadays, entire world is moving towards to digital society through wireless technologies. In general, most of the citizens have mobile devices which supports Wi-Fi and even many government officials are also have notebooks and other mobile devices which support Wi-Fi. Which means LGN provide seamless access that they can work any of the government location.
Next version of the LGC will facilitate any requirement of the government with industry standard cloud services. By eliminating barriers for cloud adoption, government organizations will be able to leverage on LGC to use ICT for delivering the services efficiently and effectively. Moreover, the next version of the LGC will consist of a big data cluster which will store government data belong to any category. Big data analytics which can be effectively used for economic growth of the country and open data portal which will be aligned with the national priorities are 2 key outputs of the big data cluster.
Further, ICTA intends to deliver multiple projects and eServices through this network, such as Lanka Government Cloud 2.0 which is the common infrastructure platform for government organizations, Video Conferencing facility for government organizations, eLand Hub, eSamurdhi integarated welfare management program, State Land Information system, Cross-Government Digital Documentation system (DMS), eLocal Government project, Development of new electronic services, eBMD, eDS, ePopReg, SMART Digital classrooms and eHealth hospital management system. All the above initiatives will use LGN as their core network infrastructure to exchange data and deliver the services to the stakeholder groups.
Sustainability of this project Lanka Government Information Infrastructure (LGII) has established as a subsidiary of ICTA in order to manage, operation and development of the LGN/LGC. LGII will be provide technical help desk facilities and also provide technical assistance for both government employees and citizens who use the LGN/LGC services.