Niger to roll out telecoms services to 2,111 villages

11 Dec 2020

The National Agency for the Information Society of Niger (Agence Nationale pour la Societe de l’Information, ANSI) plans to supply around 2,111 villages with mobile telephony and broadband services, connecting around 1.4 million people. Agence Ecofin reports that the six-year ‘Smart Villages for Rural Growth and Digital Inclusion’ project will cost XOF58 billion (USD107 million) and will also facilitate the installation of digital financial services.

Earlier in July, the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) approved the disbursement of USD100 million to help Niger accelerate digital transformation projects. The funding – incorporating a USD50 million grant and a USD50 million loan – will support projects aimed at deploying more resilient infrastructure and innovations to improve citizens’ access to essential social services, with a particular focus on the poorest and most vulnerable regions.