More Africa NewsNiger is looking for partners to provide high-speed Internet in 1,000 schools and 300 health huts

July 13, 2023by myles0

The Niger 2.0 strategic plan, designed to democratize access to ICT in Niger, has been deployed since 2021. Several ongoing projects, in particular the modernization of the administration, are progressing. Promoting access to connectivity for all is also a major concern.

The Nigerien government, through the National Information Society Agency (ANSI), is seeking partners to provide high-speed internet to 1,000 schools and 300 health huts across the country. An international call for tenders has been issued for this purpose since Friday 7 July. It will close on August 22. More information on the tender can be found here

The selected service providers will have to provide indoor and outdoor WIFI, a user management platform, a content management platform, energy and a monitoring platform in 22 high schools, 268 secondary education complexes (CES), 401 colleges General Education (CEG) and 309 primary schools across the country’s eight regions of Agadez, Diffa, Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua, Tillaberi and Zinder.

The investment committed by the government is part of the “Smart Villages” project, the main objective of which is to increase access to mobile telephone services and broadband services in rural areas and to provide digital financial services in some underserved areas. It will also help reduce the digital divide between urban and rural areas in Niger. In total, 2,111 identified villages will benefit from the various advantages linked to the program, in particular the connection of schools to the Internet.

According to the International Telecommunications Union, Niger has a telecom network coverage rate of 92%. DataReportal says it had a mobile penetration rate of 54.7% in February 2023 for an internet penetration rate of 22.4%. With 17% urban population and 87% rural, the “Smart Village” project should really contribute to increasing the access of the greatest number to digital opportunities.

The Smart Villages project is funded to the tune of $100 million by the World Bank. On Wednesday July 8, 2020, the related financing agreement was signed between the Minister Delegate for the Budget, Ahmat Jidoud and the Resident Representative of the World Bank in Niger, Joëlle Dehasse. Its realization will last six years.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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