Romania Gives Green Light for New Unified Communications Infrastructure
In December 2011, the Romanian government adopted an ordinance that will put forth the construction of a unified communications infrastructure for the state. This new infrastructure will revolutionize the way government communicates, with a new direct line between authorities, institutions, RAs, and national companies or companies controlled by the government.
The new ordinance, known as OUG 117/2011, says that "the common infrastructure represents an objective of major public interest to the state, destined for securing technologically advanced, efficient, secure, and rapid support for the connection of beneficiaries – as defined in the present urgent ordinance – at the administrative unified communications network of the state and at the administrative telecommunications network of the European Union."
As often occurs in Romania, the cost of setting up the infrastructure hasn't been publicized by the government. The communication equipment is set to arrive from SNR, Teletrans, Telecomunicatii CFR, and Transelectrica. The technical integration of the UC service will come from "Serviciul de Telecomunicatii Speciale" (STS), which translates as the Special Telecommunications Service, a service that will implement and maintain the elements of the infrastructure from its own pocket.
Motives for putting the UC infrastructure into practice include the need for a secured communications medium between agencies of the government in order to protect public information and personal data. The UC infrastructure will also tighten the cooperation between government institutions to make services more efficient and create a common information interface that will allow different institutions to have quicker access to each other's data.
On top of that, only 12 percent of public establishments under the authority of the state are connected at this moment through a network under the administration of the state. The rest of the companies use regular means of communication through the wide open fields of the Internet.
"In the term of 45 days from the date this emergency ordinance enters into effect (February 13, 2012), the government, through a decision, will approve the 'state intranet' network, which will run on the support of communications ensured by the common infrastructure," says article 14 of OUG 117/2011.
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Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin