Senate expected to green light bill to build Mauritanian fibre-optic cable

22 Apr 2014

Agence Ecofin reports that the government of Mauritania has thrown its full weight behind plans to develop a land-based communications cable, designed to bolster communications in the country, by authorising a bill to finance the project. The financing agreement bill, which now goes before the Senate for approval, was originally signed in October 2013 by the government and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Under the plan, Mauritania hopes to deploy a 2,500km fibre-optic link to connect its leading cities to the West Africa Regional Programme (WARCIP) communications infrastructure project, for the delivery of broadband internet there. Senate will now be asked to rule on the funding of the scheme, which will total USD19.2 million, repayable over a 15-year period (including a five-year grace period).