News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 92 on 11 January 2002

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NIGER - BIGGER INTERNET LINK AWAITS END OF SONITEL PRIVATISATION

11 January 2002

Niger has experienced steady but unspectacular growth of its internet user base. Its state telco, SONITEL is being privatised and this has led to an investment freeze. Once the process is completed it will be free to implement its planned 2 megabit link. SONITEL remains the monopoly provider of international connectivity until 2004 and there is not yet an independent regulator. Nevertheless Sadou Soloké, Manager of SONITEL’s national node (who describes what’s happened in the article below) remains upbeat about future progress.   The history of the internet in Niger dates back to November 1996. At that date, the International…