Morocco promises USD160 million for rural telecoms

2 Jan 2008

The Moroccan government has pledged over USD160 million to deploy telephony and internet facilities in 9,263 rural localities. According to the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT), the money will fund a four-year programme which will cover two million people, accounting for 1.7% of the rural population, with 311 rural localities scheduled to benefit from community access projects in 2008. An ongoing programme aims to equip 8,600 schools with online multimedia rooms by 2009. The project, which was launched in 2005, is billed to cover over six million students, with a first phase already complete serving over 1.5 million students. A second phase, which was launched in July, concerns 4,000 schools, half of which are in rural areas.



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