By Hamed Mahmoud
BENYA, the leading digital solutions and ICT infrastructure provider in Egypt and the MEA region signed the shareholders agreement with Société Congolaise des Postes et Télécommunications (SCPT) to establish a new local telecommunications operator in DRC, with the aim to develop the telecommunications infrastructure there. Based on this agreement, BENYA Telecom DRC will be established in partnership between SCPT and Benya to build and operate the national fibre-optic network (NFON) in DRC to connect cities and enable broader digital services for the citizens of the DRC.
The signing of the agreement took place in the presence of the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), His Excellency Mr. Félix Tshisekedi during his last visit to Egypt between the 1st and 3rd of February 2021. A series of meetings and negotiations with The DRC Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information and Communication Technologies (PT-NTIC), H.E. Mr. Augustin Kibassa Maliba and the leadership of SCPT preceded finalising the agreement, through which BENYA Telecom DRC, a BENYA Holding subsidiary in the DRC, will be the main operator of the national-fibre optic network in addition to offering tower sharing and data center services in the DRC. Within the context of this strategic partnership, BENYA will expand the access to digital services to the DRC citizens while creating new digital routes in Central Africa.
Chairman & CEO of BENYA, Eng. Ahmed Mekky highlighted the importance of this project due to its strategic role in connecting DRC cities and improving the citizens’ accessibility to high-quality and high-speed network services at a low cost. He further affirmed that the project will enhance DRC’s ICT infrastructure capabilities which will accelerate the adoption of digital transformation in the country