News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 61 on 2 March 2001

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COTE D’IVOIRE - INTERNET POTENTIAL DESPITE POLITICAL UPHEAVALS

2 March 2000

Despite recent political upheavals, the internet in Cote D’Ivoire continues to grow steadily. Although the semi-privatised state telco operates a monopoly, its regulatory regime has been sufficiently liberal to encourage new operators. As a regional hub for the computer industry it should have considerable future potential. Kokou Adediha looks at what’s happening. The part-privatised state telco, Cote D’Ivoire Telecom, received support from USAID’s Leland Initiative to establish a national and international internet hub and start its own Internet services. This was the starting point for the internet in Cote D’Ivoire. There are now four commercial ISPs: Africa Online, Globeaccess, a…