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Rwanda: 4G LTE broadband network set to launch

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H.E. Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana Minister, Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Rwanda (image credit: ITU)
H.E. Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana Minister, Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Rwanda (image credit: ITU)

Rwanda is set to launch a high-speed (4G LTE) broadband network on 11 November 2014. The network has been established through an agreement between the Government of Rwanda and the KT Corporation. According to both parties, the network will cover 95 per cent of the population by 2017.

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana stated that: “The usage of 4G LTE will boost job creation in Rwanda and provide new opportunities to deliver better services across the country.”

The launch will coincide with GLOCAL Innovation Convention on 11th-13th November 2014; GLOCAL is an African Business & Innovation Startup convention that aims at fostering local content development with global marketability among Africa’s budding technology entrepreneurs.

“The rapid deployment of high-speed broadband network in Rwanda will accelerate the Rwanda’s economic growth, create jobs, as well as help facilitate social and economic progress,” Minister Nsengimana stressed.

Rwanda continues to be one of the fastest growing African ICT markets, from e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, applications development and automation to becoming a regional centre for the training of top quality ICT professionals and research.

With a population of 11.78 million people, Rwanda’s mobile penetration currently stands at 71.6% with internet penetration currently at 25%.

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