Through the network of 7000 km of optical fiber being installed, the e-economy can finally explode. And Ivorians burst. Since 2012, Côte d’Ivoire has embarked on the construction of a national broadband network of 7000 km of optical fiber will allow it to build the necessary infrastructure for the development of digital technology, and the economy general. This project should be completed in late 2018.
To carry out this program, called Backbone ( “backbone”), the State must disburse 100 billion CFA francs (about € 152.5 million), in addition to the investments made by operators Orange, MTN and Moov, which do not cover all regions of the country and, for the moment, do not offer very high speed.
Driven by the Minister of the Digital Economy and the Post Office, Bruno Koné, Backbone is managed by the National Agency of the universal telecommunications service (ANSUT). It comes in three phases.
The first will cover the north and the west over a length of 1400 km, and should be completed by the end of the year. The second, which connects the east to the network of the city of Abidjan on more than 620 km, was inaugurated November 30, 2015 by the Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan, but has not yet been put into operation and awaits approval from the telecommunications regulatory Agency.
The third phase, covering 5000 km, will allow the densely meshed throughout the national territory. The work of this nerve center began in April and will last two years. All major cities, prefectures and sub-prefectures of the country will be connected.
“Backbone will enable all citizens to have access to ICT [information and communications technology] and simplify their life,” enthuses Euloge Soro, CEO of ANSUT.
It is also one of the key links of the emergence, since it is on this high-speed network that is based on development of the digital economy, new services for network operators and internet, banks, government , businesses, not to mention e-government, e-education, e-health and e-agriculture, to facilitate agricultural transactions. This is not insignificant, at a time when professionals and public authorities plan to provide the country with a stock of food crops.
Many public and private projects are therefore based on the national broadband network, the production should generate revenue of 15 billion CFA francs, part of which would be donated to ANSUT. But for the state, the main revolution will connect them all jurisdictions.
“With this infrastructure, we can set up a system with a single file and an identifier for all Ivorians, which will facilitate the state of life of citizens, and also improve safety by Coast Ivory, “says Bruno Koné. The government also wants to equip the country with a communications satellite and surveillance of the territory that would rely, too, on the fiber network.