The Chadian government is seeking investors and partners to assist in the development of its national fibre-optic network in a bid to reduce the digital divide in the country, reports Xinhua. The secretary general of the Ministry for Post and Information and Communication Technologies (MPTIC), Noel Yamta, commented that the government is looking to develop a national fibre cable linked to submarine cables via overland routes through neighbouring countries Sudan and Nigeria. Last week the government held talks with telecoms operators and financial firms regarding potential partnerships to construct the network. Under the plans, the first stage of deployment would connect links from the capital N’Djamena to Sudan, Nigeria, Niger and the Central African Republic. The government aims to have this first stage completed before the city hosts the African Union (AU) summit in mid-2015.