Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0)

Background

The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has recognized the critical role that ICT can play in order to provide better public services all citizen of the country. The Government intends to use ICT to improve the reach and responsiveness of public services, reduce transaction costs to business, make government more transparent and accountable, and address the urgent needs of poor communities and isolated regions.

The key elements and objectives of the ICT program articulated by the government are to (i) develop the necessary capacity to lead and implement an ambitious ICT program; (ii) rapidly develop the required digital infrastructure across the country to effectively serve all citizens; (iii) create an enabling environment for the knowledge economy; (iv) develop specialized ICT skills and broad ICT literacy at all levels of education; (v) deliver faster, more efficient, and more transparent government services to all citizens and businesses; (vi) use ICT as a lever for social development; and (vii) create jobs through a dynamic and competitive ICT sector and through diffusion of ICT across the nation.

Lanka Government Network 2.0

Aligned with the national policy of ‘Digitization of Economy’, of Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), which functions under the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure. ICTA is the apex government organization, mandated to take all necessary measures to implement the Government’s Policy and Action Plan in relation to ICT development across all sectors of the country.

“Lanka Government Network” (LGN) project is a strategic project of Re-Engineering Government program launched by the ICTA. The government of Sri Lanka has recognized the need for a digital economy and has taken measures to digitalize the administration in order to successfully face future economic and social challenges.

Main objective of the LGN project is to build high available, high speed, secure, reliable and centrally managed dedicated government network to link all government institutions to a single digital infrastructure. By successfully deploying the LGN project, ICTA aims at encouraging public sector employees to get better acquainted with Information and Communication Technology (ICT), assuring efficiency and smooth flow of information as well as improving standards of service in the public sector to be able to provide efficient citizen services.

Lanka Government Network version 2.0 (LGN 2.0) backbone will be connect all the government organizations of GOSL in a cost-effective and secure manner to provide centralized Internet, Email and video conferencing services, Enable access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any government organization. Also, it’s provide number of government e-services and Provide trusted and secure connectivity to all government organizations to exchange government data and information.

As the first phase of the project LGN main VPN core and 860 government organization will be connect that Including 331 Divisional Secretariats, 25 District Secretariats, 50 Ministries, 87 Departments, 46 Hospitals, 321 Other Government organizations island wide.

The proposed LGN 2.0 initiative offers up to 100 Mbps last mile connectivity for all government location through fiber optic media. Also from this network ICTA intends to build their Local area network with providing Wi-Fi facilities with enabling cross government dedicated network in Sri Lanka.

The benefits of this project lies in a wide range as this project remove physical boundaries of the government institutions and offer effective and efficient government service to the public. Through this project, people in rural areas of the country will be able to access to government services even from rural areas of the country. Therefore it will open new business opportunities at the grass root level people due to availability of information and technology. Further it will reduce travelling costs and expenditure on obtaining government services due to the accessibility of government services in every part of the country. Added to that government will get the capacity to perform efficiently and effectively with the improved connectivity and availability of common digital platforms.

It is also expected to achieve significant cost reduction in government sector by avoiding paper based communication and documentation by moving in to digital communication and documentation by using the available government network. Ultimately it will positively contribute to the improve citizen satisfaction and employee satisfaction due to the efficient service delivery and improved job satisfaction as well.

From this network both government employees and citizens will be able to easily connect the network using any of their Wi-Fi enabled device. This has long proven to be a reliable and efficient method of connectivity. Further, both employees and citizens will be allow to access government services and internet using their Wi-Fi enabled device. However, all user group will be allow Wi-Fi with different user policies for the internet access. However, there is no any restriction for accessing government services through LGN network.  Government employees able to connect the LGN from anywhere in the country to perform their duties due to the wireless access technology.

ICTA has designed this project with future compatibility. Nowadays, entire world is moving towards to digital society through wireless technologies. In general. most of the citizens have mobile devices which supports Wi-Fi and even many government officials are also have notebooks and other mobile devices which support Wi-Fi. Which means LGN provide seamless access that they can work any of the government location.

Further, ICTA intends to deliver multiple projects and eServices through this network, such as  Lanka Government Cloud 2.0 which is the common infrastructure platform for government organizations, Video Conferencing facility for government organizations, eLand Hub, eSamurdhi integarated welfare management program, State Land Information system, Cross-Government Digital Documentation system (DMS), eLocal Government project, Development of new electronic services, eBMD, eDS, ePopReg,  SMART Digital classrooms and eHealth hospital management system. All the above initiatives will use LGN as their core network infrastructure to exchange data and deliver the services to the stakeholder groups.

Sustainability of this project Lanka Government Information Infrastructure (LGII) has established as a subsidiary of ICTA in order to manage, operation and development of the LGN. LGII will be provide technical help desk facilities and also provide technical assistance  for both government employees and citizens who use the LGN services.

Service Delivery Through LGN 2.0

ICTA intends to deliver multiple projects and eServices through this network, such as  Lanka Government Cloud 2.0 which is the common infrastructure platform for government organizations, Video Conferencing facility for government organizations, eLand Hub, eSamurdhi integarated welfare management program, State Land Information system, Cross-Government Digital Documentation system (DMS), eLocal Government project, Development of new electronic services, eBMD, eDS, eDAS, ePopReg,  SMART Digital classrooms and eHealth hospital management system. All the above initiatives will use LGN as their core network infrastructure to exchange data and deliver the services to the stakeholder groups.

In addition, any of the government organization’s existing Local Area Networks and Infrastructures can be securely integrate with LGN 2.0. Which means LGN 2.0 will facilitate to access cross government application though this network.

Sustainability of this project Lanka Government Information Infrastructure (LGII) has established as a subsidiary of ICTA in order to manage, operation and development of the LGN. LGII will be provide technical help desk facilities and also provide technical assistance for both government employees and citizens who use the LGN services.

Project Objectives

Project Outputs

Project Outcomes

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  1. Government employees are able to deliver e-government services through a super-fast data exchange backbone.
  2. Improved access to e-government services by citizens at any time and from any place .
  3. Citizens are able to access free internet facilities and government services through LGN Wi-Fi access points.
  4. Reduced travelling costs due to the accessibility of government services in every part of the country.
  5. Government can perform efficiently and effectively with the improved connectivity and availability of common digital platforms.

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  • Significant cost reduction in government sector by avoiding paper based communication and documentation by moving into digital communication and documentation by using the available government network.
  • Improved citizen satisfaction and employee satisfaction due to the efficient service delivery and improved job satisfaction.
  • Improved communication between Government organizations through super-fast data exchange in order to offer integrated electronic services to citizens.
  • Improved citizen engagement/participation with the Government by effectively using Wi-Fi facility offered in government organization.
  • Reduced ICT infrastructure costs of the government by facilitating the access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) facility where government can host all systems rather than maintaining their own infrastructure.
  • Improved literacy of ICT all staff of cross government organizations.

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Proposed Sites for LGN 2.0 Phase 1 – Summary of 860 Sites
Presidential Secretariat 1
Prime Minister’s Office 2
Office of the Cabinet of Ministers 1
Ministries / Ministry Divisions / State Ministries 47
Departments / Department Branches 111
District Secretariats 25
Divisional Secretariats 332
Statutory Bodies / Statutory Bodies Branches 49
Land and District Registry Offices 50
Prisons 28
Hospitals 47
Chief Secretariat Offices / Provincial Organizations 9
Provincial DMT Offices 8
Provincial & Zonal Education Offices 106
Provincial CLG Offices & Local Authorities 44
Total 860

Last mile bandwidth

10 Mbps to 100 Mbps minimum

Coverage

860 Organizations (Year 2017)
Overall plan: 3500 Organizations

Connectivity technology

Dedicated L3 Point to Point connectivity through fibre

List of equipment

At typical government institution

Item / Equipment Quantity
Site level firewall 1
Network Switch 1
Wireless Access Point(s) Based on the requirement
UPS 1
Device Rack 1
Wireless Network Adapters Based on the requirement
UTP/Fibre Cabling Based on the requirement

Access technology for users

Wireless Access (Wi-Fi) from the LGN 2.0 project
Access from internal Wired LAN’s (if available at the organizations)

Accessing the Network

Provide Wi-Fi facility in order access LGN services. Also, can be access LGN through existing network after secure integration.

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  1. Ministry of Technology
  2. Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA)
  3. Lanka Government Information Infrastructure Ltd (LGII)
  4. Sri Lanka CERT
  5. Sri Lanka Telecom PLC. (Technology Partner)
  6. All government organizations in Sri Lanka (860 in Phase-1)
  7. All citizens of Sri Lanka

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The current situation will be analyzed since 550 government organizations are currently utilizing the existing LGN network facilities. The LGN core and selected 50 government organizations will be completed as the after pilot phase of the project. With parallel to the core network implementation, end sites will be provided with necessary network equipment and connectivity. After obtaining the acceptance for the entire end to end functionality from selected set of end sites, the rolling out process will be commenced phase wise.

860 government organizations are expected to be connected with Lanka Government Network 2.0 project. It is planned to complete in year 2017.

ICTA will be closely monitoring the implementation tasks and further followed by strict SLA’s with the service providers to ensure the quality of the service and up time of the facilities. Implementation activities are listed as follows.

In Addition, Lanka Government Information Infrastructure (LGII) was established in order to manage, operate and develop the Lanka Government Network (LGN) and related services. Network Operating Center (NOC) and Help Desk shall operative under LGII.

Sequence of tasks at a high level

No

Task

Overall Responsibility

1

Site Survey / Site Survey Report Submission

SLT

2

Site Survey Report Approval for Implementation

ICTA

3

Implementation

SLT

4

Conduct UAT

SLT

5

User Accounts creations

LGII

6

Inform the respective sites on operational redness

ICTA

7

Technical Support for end users

SLT/ LGII

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  • The Cabinet of Ministers approved the project for implementation in 2015.09.22 (CP15/1302/719/016). It proposed to provide up to 100 Mbps connecting via LGN 2.0; initially to 860 locations, and increased up to 3,500 locations by 2018.
  • Further, in view of the Cabinet Paper CP/16/2173/749/099-1 dated 2016.10.26 submitted by the Hon. Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure; the Cabinet of Ministers approved to direct contract Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) to obtain connectivity services for LGN 2.0 and it was also decided by the Cabinet of Ministers to permit SLT to discuss and agree with technically capable other service providers to provide the required services to LGN 2.0.
  • Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Cabinet Paper no 17/0192/749/003/TBR, a Memorandum dated 2017-01-25, submitted by the Hon. Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure to award the Contract to Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) to obtain connectivity services for LGN 2.0.

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