Rwanda in the
Rwanda history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.
Rwanda in the CIA
Rwanda information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational
Up to date resume about Rwanda leaders,
history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.
Rwanda National Institute of
Rwanda official statistics portal, with useful information.
The Government of Rwanda portal, with useful links.
Rwanda statistics for agriculture, climate, economy, education,
gender equality, health, human development, population,
technology, and water.
Rwanda Telecommunications and
Rwanda Convergence, Broadband and Internet
Rwanda's exposure to the global economic crisis is amplified by political instability
following a controversial change of government in early 2009. This has led to weak
subscriber growth, reduced consumer spending and, as a consequence, intensified
price competition between the three mobile network operators: Orange, Zain and Telma,
the incumbent telco.
Read the summary and table of
African Mobile Broadband, Data and Mobile Media
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile broadband and data
market in 38 African countries as well as the emerging market for mobile content,
applications and media on the continent. Subjects covered include Mobile data services,
SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, 3G mobile broadband technologies, WCDMA, HSPA, EV-DO;
statistics, trends and analysis; major market players; mobile content, applications
and media; Mobile TV; location-based services; M-commerce, m-payments, m-banking.
See the table of contents
and report details
African Fixed and Wireless Broadband and Internet Markets
Large parts of Africa gained access to international fibre bandwidth for the first
time via submarine cables in 2009 and 2010. In other parts of the continent, additional
fibre systems have brought competition to a previously monopolised market. More
cables are expected to go online in 2011. This has led to massive investments into
terrestrial fibre backbone infrastructure to take the new bandwidth to population
centers in the interior and across borders into landlocked countries.
See report table of
Internet, ICT, Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce
April 2011 Review
Rwanda was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan
Africa to gain full Internet connectivity. Both fixed-line operators, Uganda
Telecom and MTN Rwanda offer a range of data services including ISDN, ADSL and
local and international leased lines. Several Internet Service Providers are
offering wireless broadband access. A new competition framework will liberalise
VoIP Internet telephony completely, creating additional opportunities for them.
The introduction of UTL’s Freenet service and a special Internet tariff countrywide
have helped to increase Internet usage, as has the recent strong growth of the
fixed-line networks and an explosion of the number of cybercafes.
The introduction of cellular telephony has revolutionised Rwanda’s telecommunications
industry since the first network went live in 1995, with two more following in 1998
and 2001. As early as 1999 Uganda became the first country on the continent where
the number of mobile subscribers passed the number of fixed-line users, and the
ratio is now more than 18:1. The market is consistently growing at around 50% p.a.,
while market penetration is still low at less than 9%. The recent introduction
of GPRS will enable the mobile operators to play a larger role in Internet service
provision, and a fourth licence for Third Generation (3G) mobile technology is