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AfDB to give EUR 52 million to Congo for broadband and e-services

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The board of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved a EUR 52.04-million loan to Congo to help finance the Congo component of the Central Africa fibre-optic Backbone (CAB) project.

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The loan will fund the deployment of fibre-optic telecommunications in Congo and the introduction of new e-services, benefiting to the Congolese population.

The Republic of Congo has direct access to only one submarine fibre-optic cable and, like the rest of the region, limited terrestrial fibre-optic links to neighbouring countries.

This has repercussions regionally, in terms of connectivity, and nationally, in terms of pricing. In turn, lack of access to competitive fibre has slowed adoption of e-services and the modernisation of the economy. The approved Bank's project will contribute to address that gap from 2020.

The project will: deploy 550 kilometres of fibre-optic cables, support to the sector regulator will be provided to ensure appropriate pricing of and access to the fibre, build a National Data Centre for the Government, introduce new services, and extend ICT usage and learning.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be EUR 66.56 million (about CFAF 43.66 billion). Financing comprises the loan from the AfDB with the balance to be provided by the Government of the Republic of Congo.

The construction of that fibre-optic section in Congo will connect with another important section to be built in Cameroon, a project approved by the Bank in 2015.

At a global level, 11 countries of Central Africa will be connected through the intervention of the Bank and its development partners.

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