Germany Helps Address Digital Divide in Africa

Germany's development bank will help people in eastern and southern Africa gain access to the Internet. Photo by: PhotoRack.net

Some 250 million people in eastern and southern Africa will have access to the Internet and improved international telecommunications with support from KfW Entwicklungsbank, Germany’s development bank.

The bank has co-financed the construction of an undersea cable with some USD13.2 million. The East Africa Submarine Cable System, which links 21 African states to each other and the rest of the world, provides Internet and other international communications services.

The International Finance Corp., African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and Agence Francaise de Developpement have also backed the project, Shout-Africa reports.

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