The State Services Commission has announced the formal strategic and financial go-ahead for the Government Shared Network (GSN) project.
The nationwide network will link those government agencies who wish to take part in it and provide a more economical high-bandwidth network within agencies than they probably could negotiate on their own.
Laurence Millar, the SSC’s deputy commissioner for ICT, calls this is a significant milestone in the deployment of what is essentially an “internet for government”.
“The GSN will provide a secure, controlled access network community within which government agencies can collaborate to better serve the needs of New Zealanders,” he says.
The SSC also announced the signing of infrastructure provider contracts for the GSN. IBM New Zealand is confirmed as GSN service manager.
Contracts have also been signed with the infrastructure providers that will supply the initial components of the GSN. These providers are: IBM, FX Networks, Asnet, Datacom, Kaon Technologies, DTS and Revera (formerly HdS New Zealand).
Contracts are still being finalised with wireless network operator BCL and CityLink.
Seventeen agencies have declared their intention to adopt GSN products and detailed transition planning has already begun for seven of these.
The network is expected to start operation later this year.