WB finances fiber optic Internet in Congo

11 April 2011

The World Bank has announced that it will finance the submarine fiber optic cable project, the African central Backbone (CAB), in Congo.

This cable will make it possible to establish a reliable high-speed network and transform the Congo into "a veritable Hub in the domain of telecommunications in central Africa", reports the PANA agency from a source at the WB.

"To us, this means guaranteeing the installation of an adequate institutional framework, which at the same time enable us to speed up the implementation of the infrastructures (…) and to spread this digital culture", explained the minister for Post and Telecommunications, Thierry Moungalla.

Elsewhere, a new submarine cable, 14,000 km long, designed to provide a 23 percent increase in Africa's capacity for  access to the Internet, will reach the South African coast on April 18, mobile operator MTN told the Agence France Presse last Thursday.

Starting from London, the West African Cable System (WACS) runs along the African coast to Cape Town.

Category: ICT

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