Côte d’Ivoire to deploy 7000 km of fibre by 2025

Côte d'Ivoire to deploy 7000 km of fibre by 2025

Côte d’Ivoire has announced the construction of a data centre and the development of a 7000 km national fibre optic network by 2025.

Amadou Coulibaly, Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy said, these investments which will add to others, planned as part of the implementation of the national digital development strategy, will contribute to supporting national economic development.

“The data centre and the fibre optic network are the priorities of my department, as they form the bedrock of the digital transformation that the country wants to accelerate,” he said.

In 2021, the government of Côte d’Ivoire adopted the national digital development strategy by 2025. It is built on seven pillars, which are: digital infrastructure; digital services, digital financial services; digital skills; the business environment in the digital economy sector; innovation, cybersecurity; and digital trust.

According to the World Bank, the digital economy could bring Côte d’Ivoire more than $5.5 billion by 2025, more than $20 billion by 2050, if the public authorities and the private sector strengthen the investments in the five fundamental pillars of digital which are infrastructure, platforms, financial services, entrepreneurship, and skills.