The development objective of the Fifth Phase of the Central African Backbone (CAB5) Program Project for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to contribute to increase the geographical reach and usage of regional broadband infrastructure and to reduce the price of services to enable more people in the DRC to access information and communication technology services. The project comprises of three components:
This project involves the roll out of a fiber optic backbone linked to regional network to improve quality and reduce costs of communications services. The project links the DRC to Rwanda and Burundi and to the East African countries networks and will offer redundancy loops for these networks with DRC and the countries in the region.
The project is split between three clusters as follows (estimates to be confirmed by surveys and Government decision):
The new ICT regulatory and legal framework has been produced and a consultant is being sourced to produce the technical specifications. The project will be implemented through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) as neither Government nor private operators on their own have the financial capacity to undertake the project. The PPP also aims to minimize costs to users by aggregating market players and maximize Government revenue through competitive bidding. The Government has established a special purpose entity to own the initial infrastructure (civils, cables, ducts) which it will procure and contribute and will then go to tender for one or more operator s to commercialize, operate and maintain.
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