The MinTIC carried out the initial tests of operation from Saboyá (Boyacá) to Sibaté (Cundinamarca). This shows the progress in the installation of 6,589 Digital Centers that will provide free Internet to 15 departments of Colombia. The tests were carried out in conjunction with Temporary Union ETB NET Colombia Conectada.
Amazonas, Arauca, Bolívar, Boyacá, Casanare, Cauca, Chocó, Cundinamarca, Magdalena, Nariño, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, Valle del Cauca, Vichada and Bogotá DC will be the regions that will have several of these Centers. Its purpose is contribute to the connectivity of Colombians for free for the next 10 years. The ICT minister, Carmen Ligia Valderrama, stated that the connection between Boyacá and Cundinamarca is an example of the purpose of connecting rural Colombia through the Internet. The main beneficiaries are children and adolescents with free internet access from rural educational institutions.
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This operation test, which was carried out through a video call between both points, is significant because it shows that after two months of having signed the new contract with ETB, it is possible to show progress in the installation of these Digital Centers. This project foresees that by December 2022 the first 1,545 Digital Centers will come into operation. In total there will be 567 municipalities in the country where there will be a Digital Centereach one will have a coverage area of 7,800 m2, which is equivalent to a soccer field.
It is important to clarify that Internet will be provided wirelessly and will be available 24 hours a day. The goal is for students to consult online jobs, access educational content and strengthen their learning process. This Internet connection will allow them to interact with other students, conduct academic research, among others. With this connectivity, not only the students will benefit, but also the families that live near these centers.