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Côte d'Ivoire : Building of a data center and 7000 km of optical fiber by 2025

Côte d'Ivoire : Building of a data center and 7000 km of optical fiber by 2025

6 days ago | by: David Kodjani

Develop the digital economy. This is the goal of Côte d'Ivoire's new national development plan, which includes the construction of a data center and 7,000 kilometers of fiber optics by 2025.

The country wants to do better than the 2016-2020 plan, which contributed to an average economic growth of 5.9%. To achieve this, it is determined to tap further into the potential of digital technology by consolidating services and infrastructure.

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These projects were unveiled by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Amadou Coulibaly, at the meeting to present the financing of the National Development Plan (PND) 2021-2025.

These investments, which will be added to others planned as part of the implementation of the national digital development strategy, will help to support national economic development.

Amadou Coulibaly explained that the data center and the fiber optic network are the priorities of his department, as they are the foundation of the digital transformation that the country wants to accelerate.

The data center will allow all public services, which the government is currently dematerialising, to be grouped together in one secure location and will guarantee their efficiency. The fiber optic network will enable the government to bring high-speed internet, which is essential for access to dematerialised services and socio-economic opportunities, to all homes while reducing costs.

According to the World Bank, the digital economy could bring Côte d'Ivoire more than $5.5 billion by 2025, and more than $20 billion by 2050, if the government and the private sector step up investments in the five fundamental pillars of digital technology: infrastructure, platforms, financial services, entrepreneurship, and skills. 

Source: We Are Tech Africa

Translated by Koboyo KANABIA