The minister of post, telecommunications, technologies and digitalization has initiated a large scale program aiming at linking up 27,000 schools and 4,000 health facilities across the country.
This process is in line with Algeria’s commitment to implement the seventeen goals established by the UN in its 2030 agenda “Sustainable Development Goals”. It is included within the improvement of access to services of national education and public health sectors, which aspire to reinforce and enlarge human development, in a bid to meet the population’s growing needs and ensure these services availability in all areas across the country.
This connectivity will be ensured by “Algérie Télécom Satellite (ATS)” company thanks to ALCOMSAT 1 satellite put into orbit by the Algerian space agency “ASAL” to benefit from the satellite link advantages, mainly swift deployment, high availability and guaranteed and shared bandwidth.
As a reminder, national education sector in Algeria has more than 8 451 370 pupils and 700 000 employees, third of which lives in rural areas. As for health sector, it counts more than 49 750 doctors with an average of a specialist for every 1413 inhabitants.
It is the extent of both sectors and public authorities’ willingness to meet the population’s growing needs in terms of public health and national education services availability nationwide, taking into account efficiently the landlocked and less populated areas, which enhanced to launch this process.
To conclude, it is worth mentioning that this initiative is included within the ICTs and e-government strategies which constitute symbiotic catalysts for sustainable development. Altogether, they are capable to increase productivity, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty.
What are the goals of this project ?
The satellite network implementation aims to:
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