The Kigali Wireless Broadband (WiBro) Network and the Kigali Metropolitan Network (KMN) have been officially launched in Rwanda after two years of work on the infrastructure development. With the two projects, which were deployed by Korea Telecom, internet users in Kigali city will be able to enjoy data connectivity and VoIP services, the New Times reported. The two projects are in line with Rwanda's strategy to promote, expand and upgrade the local ICT infrastructure. Rwanda Development Board's CEO John Gara said that a total of 46 government institutions are already enjoying the connectivity.
The government targets over 4 million Rwandans with access to high-speed internet within the next two to three years, partly facilitated by the RWF 4.5 billion WiBro project. The KMN will increase broadband availability to more than 700 Rwandan institutions including schools, health-care centres and local government administrative centres. Korea Telecom was also contracted by the government in a related project to lay the national fibre-optic cable that will be linked to the undersea cable. The national backbone is expected to consist of a high-speed fibre-optic network that will link 36 main points in Rwanda's 30 districts, with a 2,300km cable running across the country. The RWF 22.7 billion project also includes training and managing the cable installation. KT was also contracted by the government to build the National Data Centre. The project had been expected to be completed by December this year but the finalising time was extended and it not yet clear when it will be completed.