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Samsung hands over digital village in Gabon

By , ITWeb
Africa , 11 Feb 2015

Samsung hands over digital village in Gabon

Samsung Electronics has handed over its seventh advanced Digital Village in Africa – this time to transform the lives of the community in Libreville, Gabon.

Electronics giant Samsung handed over its 'Digital Village' to the Gabonese government during a ceremony in Libreville, Gabon.

Samsung has stated that the Digital Village, a cluster of connected health, education and administration facilities, fast-tracks the digital development of underserved communities.

Telecoms operators Airtel and Gabon Telecom will provide connectivity for the Digital Village, says a statement from Samsung.

Ntutule Tshenye, head of public affairs and corporate citizenship at Samsung Electronics Africa, said the Samsung Digital Village comprises of a Solar Power Generator, Solar Powered Internet School, Health Centre, Tele-Medical Centre and Administration Centre.

These facilities meet the most critical health and education needs of underserved communities, as well as giving communities access to power and internet connectivity often for the first time, stated Tshenye.

"Gabon's vision for socio-economic development through ICTs made this the ideal site for a pilot Digital Village in the region," said Tshenye.

The Gabonese government believes that projects such as the digital villages will have a significant impact on the communities they serve.

Samsung's Digital Villages have also been installed in DRC, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Sudan and additional digital villages will be installed in Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe this year.

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