MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS FURTHER LIBERALISATION IN VISIT TO CI TELECOM
Ivorian Minister of Information and Technology Hamed Bakayoko paid an official visit to Cote D’Ivoire Telecom. He was enthused by the new connection to the SAT3 cable and announced that there would be further liberalisation of the fixed telephony market in February 2004. Responsibility for what he described as the second phase of reforming the sector will be given to a steering committee which will look at "big ideas" that will help the sector grow. He was also shown the SAT3 submarine fibre connection which according to his hosts at Cote D’Ivoire Telecom allowed a million telephone conversations between the 36 operators of the cable. The new connection gives the company eleven direct international links. The Minister was also shown the new billing centre which the company said was capable of producing 300 bills a day.