South Sudan plans to lay fiber optic cables within two years

South Sudan plans to lay a fiber optic cable to bring broadband Internet to its citizens in the next two years, its minister for telecommunications and postal services said.

Africa’s newest nation, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has telecoms operators such as Vivacell but lacks the infrastructure to offer high speed Internet connections.

Rebecca Joshua Okwaci said late on Tuesday that the government will lay 1,600 kilometers of fiber across the country and link it with undersea cables via Uganda and Tanzania, at a yet to be specified cost.

“I believe in a year and a half, going to two years, we can connect it,” Okwaci told Reuters on the sidelines of an information communication technology meeting at the Kenyan coastal resort of Diani.

South Sudan is part of a single area network that brings together telecom operators in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and has greatly reduced cross-border call charges.

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