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Overview of ICT in Rwanda
Information and Communication Technology is a central engine to driving Rwanda’s transformation to a knowledge based economy, a fact Rwanda has acknowledged by allocating a budget to ICT - as a percentage of its GDP - that is at par with OECD countries.
Rwanda continues to be one of the fastest growing African countries in ICT and there are several avenues for growth for the ICT sector – from e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, applications development and automation to becoming a regional center for the training of top quality ICT professionals and research. A robust ICT industry can create wealth, jobs and entrepreneurs.
Rwanda’s ICT Competitive advantage
Mobile broadband penetration
The country’s leading mobile telephony providers are MTN Rwanda, TIGO and Airtel. The network coverage accounts for 99.79% of the country and the current subscriber base is at 48.1% ( 5,155,697 subscribers September 2012 ). The long term outlook of growth in these numbers is 7,437,196 by Q4 2016
Rwanda’s Internet penetration grew from less than 1% in 2000 to 7% at the end of December 2011. With the existing ICT infrastructure as well as access network rollout program, internet penetration is projected to increase tremendously to over by 2016.
Development of an ICT park structured around and supporting the growth of the following clusters:
Strategic partnership between GoR, Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) and AfDB according to which CMU will:
Total Equity ownership or Joint Venture
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