Chad awards fibre management contract to SUDATCHAD

28 Mar 2019

The Chadian government has awarded a contract for the technical, commercial and financial management of a fibre link between N’Djamena and Adre to Chadian-Sudanese joint venture SUDATCHAD, Journal du Tchad reports. In a statement, the government explained that the move was in line with the telecom ministry’s programme for the development of fibre-optic infrastructure ‘to link Chad to international networks and to interconnect the main cities of the country, provinces and departments in order to make broadband internet accessible throughout the national territory.’ The system spans just under 800km and connects the capital with Adre on the Sudanese border. Work started on the network back in 2014, but the government has ramped up its efforts to make the link operational over the last two years, with the incoming telecom minister in January 2019 declaring that the commissioning of the ‘N’Djamena-Adre optical fibre segment’ was one of his key policy objectives.