Medallion and Eko-Konnect enter agreement to provide shared infrastructure for research and education

PRESS RELEASE

Eko-Konnect extends collaboration with datacenter operator to improve infrastructure challenges in higher education

Lagos, Nigeria - 24 September 2016

Lagos based research and education initiative, Eko-Konnect has signed agreement with datacenter operator, Medallion Communications Limited to provide shared computing and network resources for the education and academic communities.

This builds on existing Eko-Konnect NOC services operated from the datacenter and is aimed at satisfying the increasing need for stable and reliable e-infrastructure, connectivity and services currently placing high demand on already stretched ICT resources in Nigerian institutions.
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Cloud service based platforms can help the education sector catch up with the global open standards used in research and education and bring innovation by collaboration among researchers and students locally and globally. Such cloud services must use secure and trusted domains by adopting a number of security services and frameworks like dns security and federated identity.

Medallion Communications and Eko-Konnect have agreed to partner to make education cloud services available to the research and education community in Nigeria and NRENs beyond Nigeria. Through the partnership, Medallion will deliver data hosting and Internet connectivity for the various services Eko-Konnect will deploy and manage for institutions and NREN communities.

During the MoU signing ceremony, Mr Ike Nnamani, Managing Director of Medallion Communications said "An MoU of this nature has been long overdue to bring impetus to the development of the education sector in Nigeria. The education cloud service offering also gives an excellent opportunity to those institutions that have been sidelined through to lack of connectivity and infrastructure to become relevant and abreast with the services and skills they need to be a successful research and education institution in the 21st century".

Mr Owen Iyoha, General Manager of Eko-Konnect welcomed the collaboration saying "This MoU comes at an opportune time when many initiatives are emerging at the West African regional level to promote and improve education and health services through national research and education networks. We hope the services to be offered as a result of this MoU will dovetail into these regional initiatives."

Both expressed optimism of a successful rollout of education cloud services for research and education with a large adoption by NgREN members and other West African NRENs after the initial pilot.

Contacts
Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative
47 Iwaya Road, Onike,
Lagos, Nigeria
www.eko-konnect.org.ng

Medallion Communications Limited
8A Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria
www.medallion.ng