Ivory Coast expects to connect up to 30% of its population to the Internet within five years through a $210 million fibre optic network that is due to be completed by the end of 2013.
Bruno Nabagne Kone, Minister of Technology, Information and Communication, Ivory Coast, told Reuters that work on the fibre project would be completed before the end of the year.
Chinese vendor Huwaei started work last year on the first stage of the 6,700 km network. The first stage consists of a 1,400 km cable running through the west of the country from the southwestern port city of San Pedro to Ferkessedougou in the central north, the report added.
Kone said that work had already started on the second phase of the project, a 650 km link connecting Grand-Bassam and the commercial capital Abidjan in the southeast with the northeastern town of Bouna, according to Reuters.
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