The growing African telecoms service provider, Africell Mobile Company
has entered into partnership with U.S Agencies to empower rural
communities in Sierra Leone, Angola, DR Congo and The Gambia with
improved internet facilities and mobile money services.
These U.S Agencies together with Africell Mobile Company are
supporting investments in digital infrastructure and improved access
to digital services and mobile money services in Angola, DR Congo,
Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
With this partnership, the U.S Agencies such as DFC, the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Trade and
Development Agency (USTDA), aim to better place the Africa continent
on the digital transformation drive; especially in Sierra Leone, DR
Congo, Angola and The Gambia.
This partnership has been widely acclaimed as it is expected to boost
internet connectivity and financial inclusion in rural communities in
Sierra Leone, Angola, DR Congo and The Gambia. This will also enhance
digital transformation in the continent as it will be replicated in
other countries in Africa.
“Expanding on the DFC’s existing financing for telecom provider
Africell in the DRC, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia,” the report stated, adding that, the U.S. EXIM is continuing its due diligence for a new transaction supporting the expansion of wireless services and the
USAID is announcing a digital payments initiative with Africell in
Angola and other Africa countries.
“Together, these projects aim to provide fast and reliable internet,”
the report added.
In the DRC, USTDA and USAID are providing
early-stage support to advance the expansion of last-mile connectivity
with Jenny Internet, fiber network expansion to connect more than 30
towns with Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group, expansion of rural
internet connectivity for half a million people Internet gets. While expanding on the DFC’s existing financing for telecom provider Africell in the DRC, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. These projects aim to provide fast and reliable internet to individuals and companies
across the Lobito Corridor and expand access to mobile money services
in rural areas.