Whilst the overall Internet penetration in Rwanda transpires that a small percentage of people have access to 4G services; despite the biggest 4G network coverage.
Early January 2019, KT Rwanda networks, in consultations with its partners, leveraged the continuous initiative to promote digital inclusion in the country by launching Unlimited 4G services for smartphone users; which have been purposely, made affordable to benefit many, in line with the recent trends in smartphone penetration in the country, there has been varied packages and plans launched.
Recently, as customers’ demands grow, 4G users have been experiencing network challenges which necessitate a need for network upgrade as it continues to adapt and meet the increasing capacity and quality demands of 4G LTE customers in Rwanda.
KT Rwanda Networks Ltd has already started the process of upgrading LTE network as well as more coverage expansion countrywide for better speed and better internet experience, with no latency, going forward and this has been planned in 2 phases;
Phase 1: Involves network upgrade (software/optimization) which has already started and will span until the 15th of December 2019.
Phase 2: Advanced new LTE+ service in Kigali and other busy towns that are ongoing and planned to be concluded by March 2020.
KT Rwanda networks is investing more than USD 10 Million in the whole network upgrade and LTE+ network in Kigali. Customers will soon start to enjoy greatly enhanced 4G networks with faster, cheaper and reliable services, to make sure that broadband access penetration and usage flourishes.
According to Mr. Daeheak AN (Aaron), KTRN’s Chief Executive Officer, “We are striving to continuously improve the quality for all-time-access to advanced internet (4G LTE+) with an affordable price that would trigger another innovation and ICT development in our Rwandan people’s daily life and new business opportunities to many start-ups; that aligns well with our vision moving forward.” he said.
Broadband internet on any mobile device such as smartphones, routers has proven to be and taken the position of caterpillar of ICT innovation and new startups in Rwanda. Internet for the smartphone is another broadband internet to be promoted as cornerstone of ICT in Vision 2020.