Togo embarks on wide-scale project to deploy fibre to 500 administrative centres

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The Government of Togo has launched an ambitious project to connect 500 institutions, including ministries, government agencies, hospitals, universities and airports, to fibre-optic infrastructure by the end of next year.

At the launch of its e-government initiative on 10 March, the government confirmed the signing of an equipment contract with Huawei Technologies of China, which will see 200km of cabling deployed in the tiny African nation. Funding for the project is being facilitated via concessionary financing from Exim Bank of China. Shi Weiliang, vice president for West Africa at Huawei, said that the optical fibre will be installed in ‘less than a year’, and will improve Togo’s internet capacity which is currently limited to its single link to the West Africa Cable System (WACS).

Source: Telegeography  1 April 2015