September 24th, 2010 - 8:34 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
A project to connect more than 600,000 schools in Africa is underway, thanks to the second Pan African satellite which was launched recently. In a bid to make sure that the African continent becomes connected via ICT, the Regional African Satellite Communications Organisation (Rascom) has partnered with other international institutes to implement the project.
“With the second satellite launched recently, we are looking to partner with NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development) in an e-learning project aiming at providing internet connectivity to more than 600,000 in Africa,” Mr Jones Killimbe, the director general of the Regional African Satellite Communications Organisation (Rascom) said at a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Currently, the newly launched satellite is undergoing some testing before it is commissioned commercially, Mr Killimbe said. The intergovernmental satellite organisation with 45 member countries said it was all set to providing the African continent with an affordable telecommunications infrastructure based on space technology. “We give countries the opportunity to interconnect directly using space technology and supplement existing telecom infrastructure by allowing them to provide services in isolated areas,” Mr Killimbe added.
Among other services, the organisation intends to support e-health, e-post and transmission of both radio and television broadcasting services even in remote and underserved areas in Africa. Mr Killimbe commended the deployment of fibre optic cables around Africa, saying that the move would ultimately create reliable connectivity in the continent.
The conference was held ahead the organisation’s board of directors meeting that was hosted by the state-run Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) in Dar es Salaam.
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