In Togo, the government plans to achieve maximum internet coverage as quickly as possible. In that regard, it “will extend and improve the digital coverage of the territory,” revealed Cina Lawson, Togolese Minister of Posts, Digital Economy and Technological Innovation, in a recent release.
“Our target is that by 2022, 90% of the population will have access to broadband internet,” she added.
In preparation for the achievement of this goal, the responsible ministry sought the best points of passage that are most consistent with the existing infrastructure (railway network, the network of ISPs and telecom operators in the country, E-Gov) and with users’ needs.
For the government, the challenge of developing very high-speed communications networks has become central. Indeed, “many areas, including trade, health, administration, and culture highly depend on digital technology,” the ministerial department informs.
Over the last three years, the Internet penetration rate has tripled from 7% in 2016 to 21% in 2019 to reach 1.71 million users, according to available data.
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Togo’s Minister of Posts, Digital Economy & Technological Innovations, Cina Lawson, is cited as saying that by 2022, 90% of the population will have access to fixed and mobile broadband internet services. Togo First quotes the minister as saying that the pledge forms a core part of its aim to ‘extend and improve the digital coverage of the territory’, pointing out that to achieve this ambitious goal – TeleGeography notes that fixed/mobile broadband penetration was estimated at 35% at end-2019 – the government is seeking to exploit ‘the best points’ that are in its words ‘consistent with the existing infrastructure (i.e. the railway network, telco/ISP networks and E-Gov)’. The challenge facing Ms Lawson’s department, however, will be to develop ultra-high speed communications networks to benefit the economy and indeed, key sectors such as trade, health, administration and culture.