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Data Clouds

The Angolan government recently announced a new $89m project to construct a unified national cloud that offers several services. The project includes building 2 data centres and updating an existing centre, which will be linked by a fibre optic ring. Once completed by Q1 2024, the centres will provide high-speed internet connectivity to all government departments and help unify data from all ministerial departments. The goal of this project is to transfer all data centre silos from different ministerial departments into a single unified location. This will make all of the data safe and easily accessible. According to the National Institute for the Promotion of the Information Society (INFOSI), this project is crucial because any company or organisation that depends on technology needs data centres to function optimally. The project will also offer a secure environment for citizens’ data and increase the availability of electronic services. One effect will be that INFOSI will no longer issue the .ao domain for users once the project is completed. Instead, it will issue licences to companies for that purpose.

Alastair Tempest

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