In what is highly likely an Afrikan first, the completion of a 4G LTE network in Rwanda has been announced. The LTE network in the Eastern Afrikan country is the first nationwide LTE in Afrika.
Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of Information Technology and Communication, Republic of Rwanda, called the network a splendid feat jointly achieved by KT and the Rwandan government. "Our government will continue to offer all possible support so that the network will improve the quality of people's lives in many ways."
Rwanda has hosted the Transform Africa Summit, organized by the Smart Africa Alliance, since 2013. The 2018 summit, held at the Kigali Convention Center, saw 4,000 people in attendance, including heads of state, cabinet ministers and project leaders from 54 different Afrikan countries. Under the theme of "Accelerating Africa's Single Digital Market," the summit comprised ministerial-level round table talks and forums on public-private partnership.
The completion of the 4G LTE network means that 95% of the Rwanda's people will possibly now have access to high-speed wireless broadband service. Rwanda has a population of about 12 million and 8,6 million people subscribe to mobile services, of which 1,15 million are reported to use smartphones.
The Rwandan government expects the faster mobile communication network will help improve the quality of life of the Rwandan people along with likely boosting the Eastern Afrikan country's economy. The nationwide 4G LTE coverage has been completed in the three and a half years since KT Rwanda Networks (KTRN), a joint venture between KT and the Rwandan government, launched commercial services from Kigali in November 2014.