KT-led data center opens in Tanzania

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KT-led data center opens in Tanzania


Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, third from left in the front row, and Tanzanian Minister of Home Affairs Alphaxard Lugola pose with officials from the Tanzanian government, KT and Samsung C&T to commemorate the opening of Tanzania’s National Identification Data Center on Sunday. [YONHAP]

A KT-led consortium established a data center for digital identification card registration in Tanzania, the mobile carrier said Monday.

It took the consortium of KT, Samsung C&T and 15 other local small and midsize companies roughly three years and three months to fully establish the main data center for digital ID card registration, data back-up center, 13 local ID registration offices and an online website. The project was ordered by the African country’s National Identification Authority.

The main data center is located in Kibaha, eastern Tanzania, while the 13 regional offices and the back-up center are up to 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) apart from each other, according to KT.

The Tanzanian government hopes to use the new system to tackle issues like tax evasion and improve education and health care services for registered citizens.

According to a KT spokesperson, only about 22 percent of the people in Tanzania are officially registered as citizens.

The consortium hopes that the digital registration process and increased number of regional offices will increase the rate of registration, making government services accessible to more people.

The project was worth 52.6 billion won ($46.4 million) in total, with the consortium taking charge of maintenance through June 2020.

Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and other government officials who were on a business trip to Tanzania, Kenya and Oman visited the city of Kibaha on Sunday to commemorate the opening of the main data center.

BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]
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