Benin: Government announces expansion of the PDI2T program for broadband deployment

The Government of the Republic of Benin, meeting in Council of Ministers on April 11, 2018, announced an additional phase of the project for the development of telecommunications infrastructure and information and communication technologies (PDI2T) .

Two months after the end of the first phase of the PDI2T project, launched in December 2016 and 83% completed, only 67 of the country’s 77 municipalities are already connected.

According to the Government, this additional phase of the PDI2T concerns the densification of the metropolitan networks of the cities of Cotonou, Porto-Novo, Abomey-Calavi, Pobè, Dassa-Zoumè, Savè and Ouidah, the creation of the metropolitan networks of Bohicon, Abomey, Parakou , Natitingou, Djougou, Allada; the creation of the points of presence at Karimama, Pereira, Avrankou, Toffo, Ze, So-Ava, Ganvie and the Agugeses; securing the existing network between Kandi and Malanville; the reinforcement and extension of Benin Telecom Services’ LTE network from one hundred eight (108) to one hundred and thirty-three (133) sites; the connection of certain digital terrestrial television (DTT) sites on the project route.

This additional phase of the PDI2T will be financed by Exim Bank of China. It will ultimately enable the country to achieve a coverage rate of 80% of broadband telecom services by 2021.

Source: Agence Ecofin