CÔTE D'IVOIRE TÉLÉCOM'S DG FAYEAUX CALLS ISPS TO HAVE FIXED ACCESS OBLIGATION TO GOVT
Despite the development of new technology in Cote D'Ivoire, there are still enormous disparities in access to the internet. According to Michel Fayeaug, D-G of Côte d'Ivoire Télécom this new digital divide risks creating a whole new "third world". During a video conference last Thursday he insisted that the Government had an obligation as the internet was a social means of communication. He believed that it could not be properly developed without the ISPs having a fixed access obligation with the Government in terms of where they operated and their financial contribution to this task. He spoke about the cyber-hall for journalists in Abidjan and the project for a digital campus at the University. He also spoke about partnerships with associations in the rural areas where it was experimenting with multi-service centres with low cost access. A fixed social service obligation would be advantageous to a larger operator like CI Telecom as it has still has many of the traditional financial advantages of an incumbent.
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