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March 5, 2019by myles

The eleven member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have decided to pool their efforts to accelerate their digital development and that of the sub-region. They adopted for this purpose, the Consensual Plan of Electronic Communications Infrastructure Deployment in Central Africa (PACDICE-AC), 1 th  March 2019. It was at the meeting of telecommunications ministers of states of the community, held at Kintélé in Congo.

The initiative, which follows the ambitions of the Central Africa Backbone (CAB) project, the high-speed electronic communications infrastructure development program initiated in April 2007 by Heads of State, aims to connect each capital to at least two other capitals, and to strengthen national networks of high-speed electronic communications infrastructures.

In the subregion, some countries are moving faster now. This is, for example, the case of Gabon which, in addition to the installation of more than 1000 km of optical fiber in the country, also continues the interconnection with the neighbors. He completed the interconnection with Congo last April and is already working on the one with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Cameroon also continues the deployment of telecom infrastructures on its territory. More than 15,000 kilometers of fiber optics have already been deployed across the country. Interconnection with Chad is already a reality. The country is already turning to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Congo, which completed the interconnection with Gabon in April 2018, has engaged the sub-river with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is now turned towards the Central African Republic and Cameroon. For its part, Rwanda is also making great strides on its territory. The country that works with KT Rwanda Networks already covers 95% of its territory with broadband. Interconnection with neighbors is under study.

Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad are also implementing national backbone and country interconnection projects. However, they realize them more slowly than others.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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