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18/07/2017   National Audit Office: the Management of the State Electronic Communication Network Infrastructure is Ineffective

An audit of the development of the state communication network infrastructure, carried out by the National Audit Office has shown that the management of the state electronic communication network infrastructure is ineffective, the development of said networks is not coordinated centrally, and the security of said communication networks is insufficient.

Electronic communication infrastructure refers to the equipment, devices, pipelines, channels, cables, towers and other means of electronic communication. Ten of the state electronic communication network managers (operators) hold around 20,000 km of physical electronic communication infrastructure (and manage another 3,800 km on a different legal basis). During the past four years, 38.7 million Eur were invested into the development of said infrastructure, and 30 million Eur are assigned annually for the maintenance of the already existing infrastructure. Audit results have shown there is no single institution responsible for coordinating the development of state infrastructure on a national level, which leads to the failure to make common, rational decisions regarding the effective development and functioning of said networks.

For instance, 3,600 km of physical infrastructure is redundant, and communication network managers (operators) provide public sector organisations with analogous or otherwise similar services (45 of the 55 assessed services are redundant). According to the auditors, joint use of the resources of the state electronic communication infrastructure would allow for the optimisation of the costs related to the maintenance of said networks as well as more effective use of resources, as compared to the current situation where each manager of the state electronic communication networks exploits them separately. The auditors note that given the plan to invest another 86.8 million Eur into the development of the electronic communication networks by 2020, there is a risk of further redundancies.

The audit has shown the security of the state electronic communication networks to be insufficient – around a third (36 percent) of the good management practices are not being implemented, the monitoring of the network condition is inadequate, and the networks are made up of predominantly obsolete equipment (67 percent), which may lead to malfunction.

In order to address the weaknesses identified during the audit, the National Audit Office has recommended the Ministry of Transport and Communications to: develop a model of the state electronic communication networks and the standardised services they provide to the public sector; develop a centralised mechanism for the coordination of the electronic communication infrastructure of the public sector, which would encompass the timely reception of information on the development of the electronic communication infrastructure of the public sector, the coordination of activity, and the assessment of the condition of the state electronic communication networks. The auditors have recommended the Ministry of National Defence to set uniform security requirements for all of the state electronic communication networks.

The National Audit Office submitted the audit results to the Government, which is liable to optimise the electronic communication networks of the state and state-owned enterprises.

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Last updated on 27 October 2017

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