New IT for education institutions in Rwanda

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Access to the Internet by students will soon be eased after all institutions of learning access state-of-the-art technology to be installed soon. The Ministry of Education  in Rwanda has already finalised a work plan in which Sun Microsystems, a giant American software development company will have internet accessibility technology in all educational institutions.

The software THIN client allows the targeted users (educationists) to access home web pages on a high-tech screen that does not require connection of high power consumption computer accessories like a processor and keyboard to operate. The technology is cost-saving and this will be very essential for Rwandan rural schools where there is unreliable and insufficient power supply. Sun Microsystems' technology can reliably work best using Terracom's relayed fibre optic. A lot of technologies will be rolled out to Terracom subscribers using the fibre such as Voice over Internet (Voip), Displays over Internet (Diop), Digital Global Library and a host of other related technologies. The development will make Rwanda the first African country to have this kind of technology. Sun intends to use Rwanda as a pilot study to attract other African countries, even South Africa where it failed.

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