COVID-19: Pantami encourages civil servants to use Video Conferencing and Video IP Phones facilities for essential meetings

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has encouraged MDAs and civil servants to use the Federal Government’s Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication within the 1Gov network.

According to a statement by Uwa Suleiman Spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its parastatal Galaxy Backbone has provided video conferencing, telepresence and video IP phone facilities in most MDAs within its Abuja metro Fiber network, to provide a smart means of communication and collaboration within the public sector.

She said the Platforms available to minimize the need for physical meetings while performing the day to day functions of government are:

  • IP Voice and Video Telephony Services: About 16,000 unit have been  deployed to provide users secure free voice & video communications over Galaxy’s network using physical handsets and software-based endpoints; and
  • Video Conferencing/ telepresence Services: About 120 terminals have been deployed to provide real-time video conferencing for users to meet and collaborate with colleagues and partners across various locations nationwide and internationally.

Suleiman added that the Minister called on all MDAs and public officers that have these services deployed to use them by hosting remote meetings and conferences which will help limit the spread of the virus.

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