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THE JOINT ITU /UNU/CERN Workshop on African Research & EducationNetworking (AFUNET) held on 25-27 September, 2005 atCERN, Geneva, Switzerland.ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTRAL COMPUTER LABS UNDER hp DIGITAL VILLAGE CONCEPT AT THE KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KNUST) – A CASE STUDY
Prof. E. Frempong
Coordinator, Environmental Science Programme and
Dean of Students, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
Prof. K. Singh
Dean, Faculty of Distance Learning, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
This case study covers the major steps taken by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for the ICT infrastructure development and towards the effective use of ICT at the University under HP digital village concept. It includes the network design for backbone connectivity which includes interconnection among various departments to the Network Operating Centre (NOC) using fiber optic technology, network costs, bandwidths requirement, ICT services offered to students and staff, and future planning/requirements.
TECHNICAL OVERVIEW OF WIDE AREANETWORKING(WAN) AT KNUST: NETWORK BACKBONE
The KNUST Network Operating Centre (NOC) obtained two-way broadband internet access to connect more than 1,000 computers directly to the MAE –east internet backbone in Washington D.C. through a direct satellite link in September, 2002. It is currently hooked to the IDirect Satellite through a satellite dish provided by Afrinet Ghana Ltd., a Satellite Communications company in Accra. The Centre is on a 128/1024kbps shared link to the Internet at the cost of $4,823.72 every month for connectivity.
In addition to this, an annual local regulation fee of US$2,000.00 is paid to National Communication Authority, Ghana for a new VSAT
equipment with 256/1024 kbps dedicated link to the internet. The approximate cost of this new connection is $8,000.00 every month.
An ICT Centre has also been established and following services are available for students. The first year students are charged $30 whilst the continuing students are charged $15 for a year for the following services: