The Government Network, also called GovNet, is a private governmental network that is built on a safe data transmission infrastructure, which includes: switches, routers, firewall, optical fiber transmission lines etc. and provides communication services at any of its points.
The project for the implementation of the GovNet has begun since 2004, funded by the UNDP and EU. The first phase ended in 2005 and resulted in a computing network, which provided first level connectivity for the Albanian government institutions. During the period of 2008-2014 work was carried out to expand the coverage of GovNET, to increase the number of institutions connected to the GovNET (from 18 institutions in 2008 to 210 by the end of 2014). Today, there are about 250 institutions linked to this network, which is always in extension of its capacities, to link new institutions and increase the coverage by optical fiber.
This infrastructure, based on the latest technological devices and on an advanced security, provides Core Network and Distribution Network infrastructures, as well as 99,95 % service availability. These elements provide a quality, secure, and uninterrupted connectivity service to WANs and governmental LANs, where institutions can interact with other government’s private services (Active Directory, Treasury, HRMIS, etc.), and can share data with various institutions through this private and secure network.
The implementation of the GovNet constitutes the basis for the communication infrastructure, on which all the online, as well as offline services, that are offered to citizens and business are based.
Some of the services that are offered through the GovNet include Public and Private DNS service, connecting of public institutions to the GovNet through internet, connecting of public institutions with dedicated fiber link, automatic installation of central antivirus for institutions in the Gov domain, automatic and central installation of applications etc.