M1.4m internet infrastructure for Fokothi

MAMELLO SEBATANE

MASERU – The Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology along with its partners yesterday launched a M1.4 million worth of internet infrastructure at Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP), popularly known as Fokothi. The Rector of LP, Professor Sepiriti Tlali, expressed appreciation for the project that is set to start shortly.

He stressed that network infrastructure will benefit the school immensely in pursuing its daily functions and improved use of internet-based applications.   The project will be executed by the Universal Service Fund (USF) whose mission is to ensure that all citizens of Lesotho have access to telephony, broadband, diverse broadcasting content and basic postal services.

Speaking at the event, executive secretary of the USF, Soko Thabisi, said the purpose of the infrastructure is to promote digital literacy and ensure internet access and transformation of information, communication and technology (ICT) services.

He added that upon completion of the project, the LP administration and the students should take care of the infrastructure and ensure that it is used wisely for its intended purposes. Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, Tšoinyana Rapapa, stressed that the provision of this service by USF will provide high quality, secure and easy internet access within LP.

He added that the infrastructure will be implemented at other institutions of higher learning in order to facilitate research at these institutions.

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