Chad begins works on $32 million AFDB financed Trans Sahara fibre route
London, June 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-One of the links in first east-west fibre route has been financed by the African Development Bank. It has agreed with the Government of Chad to provide $32 million to underwrite the Chad-Niger section.
By funding the Chadian component of the Trans-Sahara fiber optic (SDR), the European Union (EU) and the AfDB offer Chad levers for the diversification of its economy,” said Dr Idriss Saleh Bachar, Minister of Posts, new technologies of information and communication.
The project will be for 1,510 kms of fibre overall, 1007 kms in Niger and 503 kms in Chad. It will be built alongside the Trans Sahara highway to avoid later civil works disruption. The fibre route starts in the Tchadian capital N’Djamena and goes almost in a straight line to Zinder in Niger.
This connects it with existing Nigerienne national fibre that connects into Benin and Burkina Faso. Finance has been provided to repair and upgrade the junctions to Burkina Faso and Benin. There are also two branches from Zinder, one north and one south to be built. The southern one goes to Timkin, just north of Mutum on the Nigerian border. And the northern one follows the road north to Assamaka on the Algerian border.
At a national level for Chad, the package also includes a National Data Centre (to be sited at AGETIC) and internet access at 10 community centres and 4 womens centres along the route. (Balancing Act)