Layer3 has upgraded the internet bandwidth
to the headquarters of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC. It says
the move is aimed at raising the agency’s communication and response
capacities, as it battles the current coronavirus pandemic.
The upgrade, which involved doubling the
internet bandwidth to the agency from 20Mbps to 40Mbps, has been provided free
of charge. According to Oyaje Idoko, The Chief Executive Officer,
“the cost-free support is part of its contribution to the ongoing fight
against COVID-19 in the country”
The NCDC is leading the medical response to
the pandemic in Nigeria.
While it has functioned with a 20Mbps
internet bandwidth for a while, the rise in cases of seasonal and novel viral
infections has caused a spike in the traffic going to its websites and
It had to scale up its communications with
its team across Nigeria, and with the country’s wider population, as public
concerns over Lassa fever have grown.
This has been followed by an even greater
demand for information from the public, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The doubling of its bandwidth capacity by
Layer3 will ensure that the quality of internet-based communication between it
and the public remains in place, and is not depreciated by the increasing
volumes of traffic coming into its headquarter.
Crucially, it will allow more Nigerians to reach
the agency via its digital channels and obtain potentially life-saving
Responding to the move by Layer3, the Director-General
of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekewazu, said he acknowledged the support and
expressed his appreciation for it.
The NCDC provides daily updates on its
efforts to combat the coronavirus in Nigeria. These updates are available on
its website, ww.covid19.ncdc.gov.ng, as well as its social media pages.
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