TELECOMMUNICATION: a GIS to avoid white areas

TELECOMMUNICATION: a GIS to avoid white areas

The company grouping made up of IGN FI/ PROGRESYS/ INC has been selected to create an exhaustive list of localities throughout Gabon which will be entitled to receive the universal electronic communications service.

The government of Gabon wishes to provide access to basic electronic communication services for people in geographically remote areas who do not have access to telephone and internet. With an estimated population of 1.8 million and a surface area of 268,000km², mainly concentrated in the principal cities and along road and river routes, and with 85% of its land area covered by forests, the provision of equal access to electronic communications across the country represents a major challenge for the Gabonese government.

This mission will entail gathering reliable geographic data from the appropriate authorities and then complementing them with data-gathering operations at national level. The mission is intended to last for 6 months.

The data will be integrated into a GIS tool and the staff of ARCEP (the regulatory authority for electronic communication and postal services) will be given training in using the tool and exploiting the data.

The kick-off meeting of the project took place on April 26, 2019 in Libreville.

About the company grouping: 

For the realisation of this project, IGN FI has joined the skills of:

  • The primary role of the National Institute of Cartography (INC) is to develop and carry out national cartographic programs and to manage all cartographic documentation produced on the country. As such, the INC is responsible for meeting the needs of public, para-public and private sector organisations relating to cartography.
  • PROGRESYS is a management and technology consultancy dedicated to markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its role is to provide support to its African clients in delivering their transformation projects and ensuring success for their strategies. PROGRESYS provides services covering strategy, master plans for information systems, project management, change management, assisting contracting authorities, systems implementation and infrastructure.