Gambia and Mali log onto the Internet by optical fiber
20 January 2011
The World Bank is to provide finance of 27 million dollars for a fiber optic cable construction project in Gambia, it was learned by the PANA press agency on January 19.
The announcement was made by the outgoing regional director of the World Bank for Africa, Habib Fitini, on a visit with the Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh.
This new cable will enable the population of Gambia to access the latest generation of high-speed Internet, and should stimulate economic development by enabling enterprises to develop their businesses on the web.
This month, Mali also benefited from a loan to finance the construction of a fiber optic cable, this time from China, reports the Xinhua press agency.
It has allocated 41 million dollars to this project, which relates to the laying of 915 km of fiber optic cable between the border with Algeria and Niger, via Gao.