Bénin, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire have gone live on a high-speed, secure data communications network, to allow their research and academic communities to benefit from specialised internet connectivity and digital tools during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

The three, with a cumulative number of nearly one million members of the academic community, connected to the WACREN network under the AfricaConnect2 project, partly funded by the European Commission.

WACREN is the West and Central African Research and Education Network, which aims to provide world-class infrastructure and services for the West and Central African research and education community for development.

This brings to six the number of countries connected to the WACREN network. Ghana, Nigeria and Togo are already connected to the WACREN network under the same project.

This connection means a lot for the millions of students, innovators and researchers in these countries as they will now access affordable, high-speed, high bandwidth internet connectivity and digital services for scientific collaborations among themselves and their colleagues across the globe to find solutions to real-life problems in the areas of health, disasters, economy etc.

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