Gabon to bring internet and mobile services to 2,700 rural villages

Thursday 14 September 2017 | 13:40 CET | News

Gabon’s telecom regulator Arcep announced the official launch of a new Universal Service programme aiming to connect 2,700 villages still without internet and mobile services. According to a study carried out by the regulator, around 200,000 people in the country (approximately 15 percent of the population) are yet to be covered by any telecom network.

The Universal Service initiative has already started with a project to cover 29 villages in partnership with Gabon Telecom, which is on track to bring coverage to the population by the end of the year. The regulator will manage the tender process to select the telecom operators participating in the programme.

In August, a pilot project was completed in partnership with Radatel to bring coverage to one village with an eco-friendly telecom mast, equipped with a solar panel.

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