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More Africa NewsDRC: Widal Foundation signs agreement with Eutelsat to bring broadband to Equateur province

April 7, 2021by myles0

Senator Guy Loando has decided to respond to the concerns of the President of the Republic in terms of digital inclusion. The populations of the province of Equateur will soon have better access to the Internet.

The Widal Foundation will bring broadband to Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. It signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect on Friday April 2 with the company Konnect Africa RDC. Internet connectivity provided by the Eutelsat Communication subsidiary will be made available to the populations through the Wi-Fi terminals that the Widal Foundation plans to deploy across the territory.

The cities of Mbandaka, Gemena, Boende and Bokungu have been selected to benefit from the first phase of this initiative which will see the installation of around one hundred terminals.

Senator Guy Loando, President of the Widal Foundation, said he was  ” happy to bring high speed Internet to my compatriots thanks to Konnect.” A first in the history of my province where the Internet was almost non-existent in certain areas since its advent ”. 

The initiative of the Widal Foundation joins the ambitions of the President of the Republic, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, for an increase in inclusion in the country. On September 3, 2019, at the launch of the workshop for the validation of the National Digital Plan, he called for a general mobilization.

Once made available to them, broadband will allow the populations of the province of Equateur to be better informed, to communicate better, to access new services with high added value such as online education, health online, online utilities. Connectivity will also contribute to the development of their economic activities.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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