The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) said it has awarded a $5.3m (N860million) contract to WaveTek Nigeria Limited, an IT firm to implement high-speed Internet service across the institution’s campus in a bid to enhance academic and administrative activities.[blockquote right=”pull-right”]According to the VC, the technology to be deployed by WaveTech is unique one and will deliver the pioneering TV Wide Service in Nigeria. [/blockquote]
Under the agreement, WaveTek will provide the equipment and other forms of material inputs needed to execute the project and the tools needed for the University to monitor the service, according to Unilorin authorities.
The partnership will also see WavewTek introduce tools for the billing and usage of the Wi-Fi services by the university community. The technology company will also the Wi-Fi network and provide back-up power facilities for its smooth running.
Speaking on the partnership, AbdulGaniyu Ambali, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, said when completed, the project would complement the existing fiber optics-based Internet services on the campus to make for more efficient, more reliable and more accessible connectivity.
The partners also agreed to collaborate to set up a T.V. Wide Space (TVWS) Research Department where students and staff of the University can be trained in TVWS technology that will create job opportunities for interested students.
According to the VC, the technology to be deployed by WaveTech is unique one and will deliver the pioneering TV Wide Service in Nigeria.
“This is the first time such technology would be deployed anywhere in the country”, the Vice-Chancellor said pointed out that after the technical discussion with the company and the perfection of the necessary administrative aspect of the project agreement, “we are convinced that the project will be beneficial to the University, as we will be able to provide better Internet service 24/7 to our students and staff.”