Ivan R. Mugisha & Collins Mwai,
Rwandans can now enjoy the fastest internet there is, 4G LTE, after it was launched yesterday as a critical economic stimulus for an economy that’s increasingly becoming digitally driven.
(L-R) Youngsuk Jeon, Jean Philbert Nsengimana , and Steven Mutabazi, excitedly launch 4GLTE
Commonly known as 4G LTE, the 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution internet network offers the fastest wireless communication on high-speed data for mobile phones and devices such as modems and routers.
“The long wait is over,” Patrick Nyirishema, the Director General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura), announced, drawing applause from a full house that waited for the much-anticipated moment.
“We waited for several months for the 4G LTE services to come live… and even for the launch itself, we had to wait a little bit, but it is here now. Over the last several years Rwanda has made significant strides in ICT development and this realisation today is very important in driving Rwanda’s ambitious transformational agenda.”
The official launch was conducted at a conference hosted at the Kigali Serena Hotel, by Minister for Youth and f ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, alongside Nyirishema, Peter Jeon, CEO of Olleh Rwanda Network, and the Korean ambassador to Rwanda, Hwang Soon-Taik.
The service was welcomed by MTN Rwanda and Airtel Rwanda, and both telecoms have since unveiled a retail pricing for their 4G services.
MTN sells 5GB at a retail price of Rwf18, 600 for a month’s subscription, while, earlier in August, Airtel announced that it would sell the same for Rwf20, 000.