Primary school boys will be able
to access Internet anywhere in the city. (File Photo)
BY SAUL BUTERA
Internet users in Kigali City will soon be utilising
fast speed mobile wireless Internet called
WiBro.RDB Deputy CEO in charge of IT,
Nkubito Bakuramutsa said yesterday that
the WiBro technology that will enable users
to access uninterrupted Internet from any part
of the city, will be deployed by the end of September.
"Tourists will be able to move from the airport
to there hotels while surfing the net and people
will be moving in their vehicles
while carrying out transactions
on their laptops,"
The Wibro project started last year.
After a number of deliberating efforts
government contracted a Korean Telecom (KT),
a Korean company to install
the commercial wireless mobile broadband technology.
Wireless Broadband (WiBro) is
a wireless broadband Internet technology
developed by the South Korean telecom industry.
Bakuramutsa said that the Kigali Wibro project
is worth Rwf4.5 billion ($8 million) and
by December, the Rwf22.7 billion fibre-optic
project will be rolled out throughout the country.
Bakuramutsa added that the backbone
is expected to provide affordable
high speed broadband Internet and
once complete it will connect
Rwanda to the rest of the world.
"With the new infrastructure, the government
is targeting to have over 4 million Rwandans
gain access to high speed Internet
within the next two to three years.
The project will also increase broadband
availability to more than
700 Rwandan institutions, including schools,
health-care centres and
local government administrative centres,"
The national backbone is expected
to consist of a high-speed fibre-optic network
that will link 36 main points in
Rwanda's 30 districts, with a 2,300-kilometre cable
running across the country and will also
be linking Rwanda to
the undersea cable of the cost of Mombasa.
The Korean company was also contracted
by the government in a related project
to lay the fibre-optic cable that will connect
the country to the undersea cable
and also provide technology,
equipment, relevant application materials.
The project also includes training
and managing the cable installation
the project which is worth Rwf22.7 billion ($40 million).
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