Publication of report on IT development
25 February 2010
23 February last saw the issue by the International Telecommunications Union of a report on the state of development of information technologies worldwide.
Where Africa is concerned, the Seychelles, Mauritius, and the Republic of South Africa are the only countries to achieve classification in the 100 countries best equipped with regard to IT infrastructures.
The use of IT has increased everywhere in the world, and prices have come down, but there are a considerable number of African countries which still have very restricted access, particular with regard to the broadband infrastructure, as the report emphasises.
The development of IT in Africa was also high on the agenda in Gabon, with the first national exhibition event relating to the digital economy, held from 17 to 20 February 2010 in Libreville.
The Minister of Communications, Laure Olga Gondjout, pointed out at the opening ceremony that fibre optics will be extended into the nine provinces of Gabon before 2012.
She also stated that fibre optics will be installed this year “from Libreville to Mayumba, with a loop to Port-Gentil”.