Google plans to launch ISPs in DRC, Congo – report


Google will open an ISP in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Thomas Luhaka, the country's deputy prime minister and postal and telecom minister, said at a meeting with the head of Google's fancophone office, Tidjane Deme. Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale reports that Google hopes to provide broadband access in Kinshasa at launch to help the country the most efficiently possible in its economic development.

Deme already discussed a smiliar project with the Republic of Congo's PTT minister, Thierry Lezin Moungalla, and the head of the country's regulator ARPCE. Google started to diversify from its online business to look into the telecom market. It is currently running several connectivity projects in areas with little or no internet access. Google's francophone Africa office is located in Dakar, Senegal.

Source: Telecompaper 5 February 2015