Madagascar’s Ministry of Posts, Telecoms and Digital Development (MPTDN) has announced a project under which wireless broadband infrastructure will be deployed to connect schools and hospitals, while also serving people in remote and rural areas of the country. In a press release outlining its plans, the MPTDN said that once the project – which is known simply as ‘Wireless Broadband’ – is complete, access to the infrastructure may be offered for free, or at least at low cost. A number of ministries will reportedly be involved with the project, including the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of Finance and Budget. A meeting between the MPTDN and these other ministries is expected to take place soon, with a view to identifying areas where network deployment should be prioritised. Meanwhile, the press release also noted that last week Andrew Rugege, the regional director of the Africa International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji, the representative of the ITU for Central Africa and Madagascar, were in the country to help mobilise the funding required for the venture.
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