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Mali: Government Approves Loan For 817-Km Fibre Optic Network Expansion

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On 28 September 2018, a loan agreement was signed by the governments of Mali, China and the Export-Import Bank of China for the implementation of the ‘Mali Numérique 2020’ project, according to reports. As part of this project, 817-km of new fibre optic network will be deployed, comprising the 420-km route from Mopti – Gao, the 199-km route from Mopti – Koro – Bi (on the border with Burkina Faso), 198-km route from Gao – Labazenga (on the border with Niger), and a 100-km FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) network (see also Mali: Construction Work To Expand Mali’s Fibre Backbone BY 1,300-Km Due To Start In June 2015). Valued at some CFA Franc (US$162 million), the overall project will be implemented by China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) and is due to be completed within two years.

Source: Ministre de l’Economie Numérique et de la Communication, Depeches du Mali, Le Journal de l’Economie Malienne

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