Central Africa Backbone
The development objective of the Central Africa Backbone Program is to extend the geographical
reach, usage and to reduce prices of regional broadband network services.
Providing broadband connectivity in Central Africa to all capital cities, main secondary cities and establishing redundancy linkages is estimated at about $700m for the following eleven (11) Central African countries: Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Congo, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe and Sudan.
The World Bank Central African Backbone (CAB) Program will contribute a portion of the overall cost for broadband connectivity in Central Africa through the connection of capital cities and establishment of redundancy links for the ten countries mentioned above. The proposed amount of IDA and IBRD contribution for the CAB Program is $215m over the ten-year period. The CAB Program is aiming at leveraging additional $97.8m from the private sector.
Other development partners are included in the process. The African Development Bank has been closely involved with the preparation of the CAB Program. The AfDB will provide parallel financing to extend the network beyond the capital cities and has also financed severalprep aratory studies for the CAB Program. Missions and respective project preparation are done jointly. It is expected that other Donors will provide approximately the same level of financing as the World Bank (about $200 million). The African Union is also playing an important role in facilitating inter-governmental cooperation and policy harmonization, in conjunction with the CEMAC.
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