The Federal Government, through the Federal Executive Council, has approved an Enterprise Licensing Agreement for Microsoft Products and the migration of C-band services.
This is according to a statement by the Technical Assistant, Research and Development, Femi Adeluyi, to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
According to the statement, the Government-wide Enterprise Licensing Agreement for Microsoft products is a software acquisition cost-reduction strategy for the government, which will keep the cost of IT projects within sustainable levels.
While the Microsoft Enterprise deal is expected to save the cost of information technology projects, the C-band migration is expected to boost the deployment of fifth-generation services in the country.
It is expected that the Enterprise Licensing Agreement will provide a projected savings of a minimum of 35% of the government’s current investment in Microsoft Products and Services.
The C-band migration approval will enable the Nigerian Communications Commission to clear part of the C-band spectrum within the country’s telecommunications industry of any impediments and migrate the current users on the affected spectrum, towards the successful deployment of 5G technology in the country.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government directed all Federal Public Institutions to key into the Agreement in the procurement of Microsoft licenses and services.