WORKSHOP LOOKS AT PLANS TO BUILD DRC’S NATIONAL BACKBONE

Telecoms

A recent workshop in Kinshasa looked at plans put forward in a feasibility study in preparation for building a national backbone for the country. The first day of the workshop looked at what infrastructure was currently in place and the condition it is in and the regulation of communications. One of the participants described DRC in communications terms as “an immense black hole in the heart of Africa.”

The second day looked at the projections of demand identified by the feasibility study’s authors and they in turn described their methodology for arriving at these figures. The Canadian organisation IDRC financed the study and has had a partnership in the country for two years. The organisation believes that unlike studies drawn up by the private sector, it does not just see the opportunity in the country as just a “juicy market”. Although the initiative has involved all players including the private sector.

(SOURCE : Le Potentiel)