Rwanda introduces free Wi-Fi on public transport

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Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – All passengers on public transport in Kigali city and its outskirts will start using the freely available Wi-Fi, running with fourth generation (4G LTE) high speed connectivity, to browse the internet, send emails and use social media on their daily commute.

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has witnessed the launch of this new service whereby several dozens of buses have been equipped with free public Wi-Fi that was provided by Olleh Rwanda Networks (ORN), a Rwanda-based ICT service provider.

It is said that the project was especially designed to help Kigali city develop the digital infrastructure and to remain an attractive place to invest, visit and do business.

Rwanda’s ambitious 2020 goals of transforming Rwanda from a predominantly agricultural economy to a knowledge-based economy has a special focus on ICT as a pivotal crosscutting tool in achieving this goal.

A 2012 report by the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development praised Rwanda for laying a 2,500-km national fibre optic cable in order to provide broadband internet for all.

In addition, Rwanda has been ranked seventh in Africa and 80th in the world that have embarked on boosting broadband affordability and uptake.