Sonitel starts work on Dosso-Konni fibre link


Niger operator Sonitel has started the deployment of a 300 km fibre link between Dosso and Konni at a launch ceremony attended by the country's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, deputies, diplomats and regional officials, Xinhua reports. 

Communications minister Salifou Labo Bouche reminded attendees that the government aims to raise broadband coverage to 72 percent in 2015 from 54 percent in 2010, and to increase ICT penetration to 50 percent in 2015 from 25 percent in 2010. 

Work on a second fibre link, running for over 500 km between Konni and Zinder, will begin in October.