In 2014, the Government of Tenerife committed to facilitate access to and use of its world-class infrastructure for universities, research centers, hospitals, and other public administrations in West Africa through access to the ACE (African Coast to Europe) cable and the development of very high bandwidth internet access. Currently, the wired network in Africa is underdeveloped and the digital divide is a rising impediment to participation in an increasingly virtual global economy.
Through this $35 million initiative, Tenerife and its partners will provide opportunities for ICT practitioners and researchers in Senegal to access infrastructures, services, and worldwide online research networks at high speeds and with high bandwidth. Individuals from participating institutions, such as the University of Dakar, will be trained on technology-relevant knowledge and skills, and will use this advanced access to support local research and development projects.
Additionally, partners will promote women’s access to ICTs, including engagement with school-aged girls. As the beginning of an African supercomputing network, this will foster development, reduce the digital divide, promote social and technological inclusion, and act as a catalyst for growth.
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