The Chadian government has officially launched a new network modernisation programme, through which it hopes to improve accessibility to ICT services for the population and to drive socio-economic development, local news portal Tchadinfos.com reports. The programme consists of three major components, the first of which is the construction of a national data centre in the capital. Second is the construction of 1,200km fibre-optic network connecting Doba in the south to Iriba in the east via Koumra, Sarh, Kyabe, Am-timan, Abeche, Amzoer and Guereda. Alongside the national fibre rollout, the government will also install an additional 50km of fibre in N’Djamena. Finally, the project will see the construction of 200 new GSM sites nationwide.