Tizeti, a prominent internet service provider in West Africa, has announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft to tackle the issue of limited broadband access in Cote d’Ívoire and provide internet connectivity to nearly five million people.
The partnership aims to offer affordable and reliable high-speed internet access to underserved communities and individuals in the country, addressing the significant gap in broadband coverage that has hindered economic development and societal progress. By doing so, more people in Cote d’Ívoire will have the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.
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Cote d’Ívoire currently has less than 40% internet penetration, with fixed internet access at a mere 2%. This is primarily due to historical challenges in international connectivity, leading to high wholesale prices, limited bandwidth and a lack of access to international infrastructure for alternative operators. While efforts have been made to improve submarine cable infrastructure, the last-mile providers responsible for delivering internet capacity to homes, offices, schools and other institutions remain limited in the country.