Tunisia - The Ministry of Communication Technologies launched, in early 2023, preparations for the second phase of the white areas coverage project, which aims to generalise access to broadband Internet across the country, by favouring priority deployment areas and closing the digital dividde between different areas of the country.

The ministry said in a statement Monday the launch of this second phase, which aims to extend coverage to 112 localities, follows the completion of the first phase of this project in 2022.

That phase had made it possible to cover white areas in 94 localities spread over 47 delegations in 15 governorates, providing internet access for more than 164 schools, 59 basic health centres and 180,000 inhabitants. The first phase of the project also enabled the installation of 71 mobile phone base stations and the development of 81 radio stations.

The Ministry also said the number of mobile base stations owned by the three operators will increase from 5,679 in 2021 to 5,903 by the end of 2022. The three telephone operators also share 1289 radio sites, with the aim of promoting the population's access to the telecommunications network and reducing operating costs.

The number of 4G antennas has increased from 5614 in 2021 to 6560 antennas in 2022, with a penetration rate of around 65% by the end of 2022.


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