A media report published in The New Times states that approximately 45% of Rwandans have access to a mobile phone.
The article refers to the 2012 edition of the World Bank’s Information and Communication for Development Report and the statement that there are in the region of six billion mobile subscriptions worldwide.
According to the Report “phones are arguably the most ubiquitous modern technology in some developing countries.”
The country is reported to have approximately 11 million people, 4, 619, 429 of whom enjoy access to mobile phones and the number is expected to increase to 6 million by December of this year.
There are a number of key mobile operators in the country, including MTN Rwanda, Tigo and Airtel.
Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, is quoted by the publication as saying, “”Before we consider the use of mobile phones, we should look at a broader way of ICT usage in the country. Like how many Rwandans access TV’s, radios, internet, and mobile phones as well. About 45 per cent of Rwandans now own mobile phones, 6.3 per cent of homes have access to TV and 10.8 per cent have access to Internet among others.”
Mobile phones are viewed as being a solution to social and economic challenges he said.