Angola: Infosi Bets On Digital Inclusion

Luanda — The massification and digital inclusion, with the free distribution of the Internet signal to citizens, through the Angola Online programme, is one of the main purposes of the Institute of the Advancement of the Information Society (INFOSI).

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Mass Media, INFOSI is strongly committed to the Angola Online project, which currently allows free access to the Internet for 30,000 people, at 111 points in the country.

Focused on the promotion and development of the information society in Angola, each area or access point (especially educational institutions) has the capacity to support 60 users simultaneously, two hours a day.

After this time, the user no longer has access to allow others to enter the network. Each access point has 12 megabytes installed, for a range of 300 meters, in a project that began in 2013.

Ambitious, as a result of the positive results achieved in the communities, INFOSI plans to increase access to the Internet for people in deprived areas to more than 160,000 by the end of this year.

The programme plans to cover the entire country in seven years, with each provincial capital and municipality having at least 15 Internet access points via the wi-fi network.

Internet access points are placed in universities, secondary schools, social institutions, large or crowded areas.

The programme gives priority to suburban areas and the most remote areas of the country.

INFOSI's intention is to reach 60,000 connected devices per month in the short term and to install a maximum of 30 access points in each province.

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