KT completes construction of nationwide LTE network in Rwanda
South Korea’s largest telephone company KT Corp. has completed the construction of the national LTE network of Rwanda, the first in Africa by the South Korean mobile operator, as part of its efforts to stimulate global exports in the field of information technology and communication.
Speaking at the Transform Africa 2018 Summit in Kigali, Yun Kyoung-Lim, President of KT Global Business Office, explained that this historic project was a great advancement in the achievement of "Smart Rwanda" and the fourth industrial revolution of the country.
With the achievement of the first national LTE network in Africa, 95 per cent of Rwandans now have access to wireless high-speed wireless service. For a population of about 12 million inhabitants, Rwanda has 8.6 million mobile subscribers, with 1.15 million using a smartphone.
The Rwandan Government hopes that the faster mobile communication network will help improve Rwanda's quality of life. The 4G national coverage has been completed in three and a half years since KT Rwanda Networks (KTRN), joint venture between KT and the Rwandan government, launched commercial services in Kigali in November 2014.
Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of Information and Communication Technologies of the Republic of Rwanda, has called this remarkable network of performances jointly by KT and the Rwandan government. "Our government will continue to offer all possible support so that the network improves in many ways the quality of life of the inhabitants.”
KTRN has drawn attention as a remarkable example of public-private partnership. KT hopes that it will serve as a springboard for increased cooperation with other African countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi, Benin and Senegal.
Rwanda has welcomed the Transform Africa Summit, organized by the Smart Africa Alliance since 2013. The summit of this year held at the Kigali Congress Congress met 4,000 participants including heads of state, ministers and project managers from 54 different countries.
Under the theme "Accelerating the Single Digital Market in Africa", the summit has provided a series of tables between different ministers and forums on public and private partnerships.