India to Build Sh4b Satellite Network for Africa, by John Oyuke
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Africa could soon have a Sh3.8 billion satellite network built by the Government of India.
In a proposal to the African Union (AU), an Indian technical team says the project aims at facilitating communications among African leaders. It will also help the continent address education and health challenges.
The proposal identifies increased frequency of communicating between African leaders and the AU Commission as one of the benefits.
It will also offer telemedicine and facilitate distance education in the 53 countries that are members of the AU.
The project will also provide connectivity between India’s leading universities and hospitals with their African counterparts and help set up remote diagnostic and educational centers.
The Indian scientists said enhancement of South-South cooperation would help Africa to address its numerous education and healthcare challenges at grass roots.
Telecommunications is considered key to economic development with the potential to increase the levels of productivity in other sectors of the economy.
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Source: The East African Standard