Huawei in partnership with the Angola’s Ministry of Education and Unitel have launched the E-Net Phase 2 which aims to promote bridging of digital divide among Angola youth as well as to enhance research and development in ICT.
The digital inclusion project will benefit over 18000 youth, covering the 18 provinces of the country. The first phase has already connected Bie, Cabinda, Luanda, Benguela, Kwanza Norte, Malanje, Huambo, Uige, and Huila. The second phase is expected to cover the provinces of Zaire, Moxico, Kubango, Kwanza Sul, Bengo, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Namibe and Cunene.
The project is recognition of the fat that investment in infrastructure, competitive internet pricing, and enabling regulatory environment are key ingredients in enhancing Africa’s connectivity. According to Internet World Stats, by end of June 2012 Angola internet users were 2,976,657 forming a 14.8% penetration of the country’s population, translating to Africa’s 1.8% internet users. Initiatives such as the E-net project are crucial in increasing the country’s connectivity and internet usage.