ICT infrastructure improves in Zambia

10 January 2011

The ICT infrastructure in Zambia is undergoing an improvement as internet is brought to rural communities.

Among the areas that have benefited from this rollout is the village of Macha, with the BBC observing it is almost 50 miles from the nearest town.

The news provider noted connection to the web has made a real difference to the area, as hospitals and vets can now be contacted with ease.

Ugo Vallauri, of Computer Aid International, praised the satellite connection running in the location, which costs $1,000 (£648) a month to operate.

"It is possibly the most successful project I have come across during my research over the past few years," he told the information outlet.

Chikanta, which is a 50-minute drive from Macha, recently had a solar-powered hub installed that has "transformed" the village.

The blueprint has now been rolled out in seven areas in the landlocked country, which is located in southern Africa.

Category: ICT

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