MADAGASCAR COMMISSIONS FIBRE CABLE FEASIBILITY STUDY

Telecoms

Madagascar has awarded an American consortium a 500,000-dollar contract for feasibility studies towards connecting the country with a transcontinental submarine optic fibre cable network, Communication minister Haja Razafinjatovo announced last Tuesday.

The minister said this was the only way Madagascar could cut down on Internet connection costs. The studies would be carried out by IDC, Project International and David Ross Group - all based in America - in conjunction with a South African company.

The consortium would try to persuade about 20 countries to include Madagascar in a shared submarine cable network that runs past the country’s northwestern coast. Experts say Madagascar would need some 30 million dollars to carry out the project.

PANA