In June this year,
In infrastructure terms, the company
Frustrated by its efforts to get the former incumbent to become the vehicle for national development, the Rwandan Government turned to the Koreans and asked in KTT to develop a new national fibre backbone that now covers all of the District centres and goes along the country's main roads. When complete, it will be 2,500 kms and most of it is now built and will soon be operational. In addition, MTN also has its own fibre network across the country, notably linking to its operation in
With all this activity, Nkusi says:"The infrastructure element's been solved. The bandwidth's been solved." But he says there are two outstanding issues:"The last mile and affordability."
The Government network is currently managed by government-owned BSC but soon the company will be sold to KTT and it will build an LTE network to complement the fibre network. This will mean that the fibre can then be connected to the towns and villages that lie off the main roads. In a similar vein to
Normally landlocked countries are at a disadvantage compared to their coastal counterparts but a combination of good fibre link choices to neighbors and some external funding from the
The current customer base is government, corporate and telcos:"Two years ago we were taking 600 mbps (wholesale), now we're buying between 4-5 Gbps. It's almost increased 10-fold over that period. In the past, latency was high but now speeds are many times faster and latency is not an issue... Skills development and culture come next. What other value added services can we run on the network? By next year we'll be offering a minimum connect of 1 mbps. We want to be the service provider of choice in terms of bandwidth and useability."
"We will be going into the household business and offering triple play. We will be catering to new residential developments and a fibre connection will be built in as part of the development. We want household clients to have broadband like anywhere else in the world".
As elsewhere in
A partnership between the Rwanda ICT Chamber (a private sector organization) and Japanese funder JICA has created the opening of ICT incubator kLab. To see some of the rather interesting start-ups coming out of it and hear its
A parallel line in the vision is a desire to see
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