Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda is
targeting 92 percent coverage of high-speed Fourth
Generation (4G) broadband network this year, according
to the ministry of youth and ICT on Sunday.
Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda minister of youth and
ICT told reporters that the country wants to ensure that
4G broadband network is extended to rural areas unlike
today where it’s concentrated in the Capital Kigali and
a few areas outside the city.
"The wireless broadband technology will build on more
than 3,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable that is
rolled out across the country. We want all Rwandans to
be able to access faster and reliable internet services
for easy and quick business transactions, and other
services that require internet," he noted.
The small central African country is among a few
countries in Africa that have rolled out a high-speed
internet network that delivers download speed of up to
100 Megabytes per second.
The internet speed is almost three times faster than
those previously available in the country like 3G and
2G, according to broadband technology experts.
The optic cable that was laid in 2010 seeks to boost
access to various broadband services, including
applications such as e-governance, e-banking, e-learning
and e-health, to become a key enabler of the set target
to ensure Rwanda achieves middle-income status by 2020.
Since its inception in Rwanda in September 2013 and
its commercial launch in November 2014, Korea Telecom
(KT) entered into an agreement with Rwanda to deploy 4G
Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband network countrywide.
KT Rwanda Networks (KTRN) has since expanded 4G LTE
broadband across the country, reaching 30 percent
According to Desire Ngabonziza, chief strategy
officer at KTRN, in 2016, different new products were
developed as well as opening offices in Northern,
Western and Southern provinces to boost the network roll
"We are doing our best to expand these services in
the countryside so that no client will need to come for
our services in Kigali. 4G network coverage will be
extended across the country this year, and is expected
to reach coverage of 92 percent," he added.
KTRN says that it is keen to work with partners to
provide services to all users under coverage and setting
up regional offices to support interested retailers.
The 4G roll out in Rwanda is part of the country’s
trend of leapfrogging traditional fixed broadband by
adopting current-generation mobile technology that will
be accessed by every Rwandan citizen.