Korean company to develop ICT in Rwanda

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Rita Executive Director NKubito Bakamurasa (L) shakes hands with Kim Hansuk of the Korea Telecoms after signing the contract. In an effort to reinforce communication in Rwanda under President Kagame, a national high-speed optic fibre network is likely to start soon. Codenamed National Backbone Project, one that highlights President Paul Kagame's life time dream, it is expected to link 36 main nodes in both Kigali City and all the 30 Districts. Attempts to realise this were made visible last week when Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA) put ink to paper in a contract with a Korean telecommunication company, Korea Telecom (KT) to utilize US$38 million, to put in place this fibre cable.

The 2,300kms fibre optic cable will be networked to Kigali metropolitan and is expected to connect public and private institutions; hospitals, schools, universities, custom offices, immigration and border services, and police stations. It is expected to have a nation-wide reach. Institutions are to be connected to a high-speed broadband connectivity that enables voice taping and data and video applications. The terms of the contract state that the government of Rwanda through RITA will be responsible for overall project management. It includes the entire civil works and functioning of the connectivity once the infrastructure is in place. David Kanamugire, the Director General of ICT in the President's Office says “These projects are fitting the gap of the communication puzzle

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