The government of Mozambique is considering a number of projects to encourage broadband internet usage. One scheme will see citizens offered free internet access on Saturdays via a number of Digital Resource Centres (CPRDs) around the country; a report from Star Africa quotes the Ministry of Science and Technology as saying that the centres will be established in all provinces of the country except Maputo and Manica. The government is also thought to be in the process of setting up an ICT Universal Access Fund to complement the existing fund for universal access to basic telecoms services. Meanwhile, authorities are also promoting the idea of shared infrastructure among the country’s operators to help spread the cost of expanding coverage to more rural areas. Figures from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database highlight the fact that household broadband internet penetration in Mozambique stood at just 0.7% as of end-September 2014, well below the average regional penetration level of 4.5%.
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