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[March 25, 2014]

Rwanda Has Promoted ICT for All, Says Minister

(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) RWANDA'S Minister of Youth and Information and Communications Technology, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, said government had embarked on a rapid buildup of technological infrastructure and development of high speed internet connectivity.


"Our story of being connected is a 20 year old story. Rwanda got its first internet connection in late 90s, which was based on VSAT (Global High Speed Internet Services) but it has been four years now since we connected to the submarine fiber optics," explained Nsengimana.

He said Rwanda had registered a significant progress in the deployment of world-class ICT infrastructure that is now connecting the population to global networks.

"In 2011, the National fiber optic network was built, enabling increase, affordability and access to Internet that currently touches all the four corners of the country," he noted.

He added that raising incomes of publics in order to afford the telecommunication services is another measure that has been implemented.

Another technological innovation tackled in Rwanda was Google+ Hangouts.

He elaborated that Google+ hangouts innovation as a platform that focuses on promoting entrepreneurship and facilitating young people to make livelihoods for themselves.

"We use this technology to categorically bring young people in contact with support services, resources and mentors, to be able to translate their innovative spirit into solutions and enterprises." Rwanda has entered into partnership with 4G/LTE technology as the latest worldwide, in order to extend 95 percent of the population coverage by 2017.

Smart Rwanda strategy has been introduced to transform Rwanda into a knowledge based economy and help the country to achieve EDPS II and Vision 2020.

Copyright CAJ News Agency. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).

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