DRC, World Bank launch construction of CAB5
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
Construction work of the Central African Backbone (CAB) Phase 5 was officially launched on Thursday by Thomas Luhaka, Democratic Republic of Congo VPM in charge of posts, telecoms and ICTs.
The event was held in Gombe, a middle class suburb of the capital Kinshasa and was graced by World Bank delegates.
The Bretton Woods institution has disbursed a whopping US$92.1 million to ensure that the fibre optic five year-project is completed on time and perfectly.
CAB’s fibre optic network is set to link all Central African countries and consequently interlink their cities, towns and villages.
These countries are Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan and Burundi.
DRC portfolio minister Louise Munga said CAB5 would enhance the country’s digital development, reduce telecom prices and bring much-needed revenue in the state coffers.
DRC director of operations Eustache Ouayoro said the World Bank would support the Congolese government in the construction of a reliable telecom network that will connect the country to its neighbours.
Given that CAB5 will be managed and supervised by the regulator, ARPTC, there was an urgent need to help this institution reinforce its capacity, and strengthen its human, technical and regulatory structure, Luhaka said, adding that the project was likely to culminate in a private-public partnership.