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Rwanda
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127,500 Internet users
as of June, 2010; 6.0% of the population,
according to ITU.


Rwanda - officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Rwanda is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations. Rwanda has a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry, including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals form the backbone of Namibia’s economy.



Rwanda Map:
Rwanda map and basic data

Latest Population Estimate:
2,128,471 population for 2010, according to Census Bureau.

Latest GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita was US$ 4,310 for 2010, according to the World Bank.

Rwanda Land Size (Area):
Rwanda has 825,112 sq km - Population Density is 3 persons per sq km.

Weather in Rwanda: Weather in Windhoek, Rwanda

Rwanda Internet Usage and Population Statistics:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source

2000

30,000

24,400,000

0.1 %

US$ 410

ITU

2006

500,000

28,574,909

1.7 %

US$ 280

ITU

2007

750,000

30,262,610

2.5 %

US$ 280

ITU

2009

316,100

20,653,556

1.5 %

US$ 300

ITU

2010

127,500

2,128,471

6.0 %

US$ 412

ITU

Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Rwanda Statistics
World Bank Statistics for Rwanda


Search Engines and Directories:
Rwanda Search Engines

Rwanda Open Directory


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Rwanda in the Wikipedia
Rwanda history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.


Rwanda in the CIA Factbook
Rwanda information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.


BBC Rwanda Profile
Up to date resume about Rwanda leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Rwanda National Institute of Statistics
Rwanda official statistics portal, with useful information.

Rwanda Government Page
The Government of Rwanda portal, with useful links.

Rwanda Globalis Page
Rwanda statistics for agriculture, climate, economy, education, environment,
gender equality, health, human development, population, technology, and water.



Rwanda Telecommunications and Broadband Reports

Rwanda Convergence, Broadband and Internet Markets Report
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 contents


African Mobile Broadband, Data and Mobile Media Market
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 Report
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 contents


Internet, ICT, Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce in Rwanda

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 being considered.



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