The country’s sole operator, MTN Rwanda, has revealed that it has launched GPRS services. Officials at the company said that for a fixed monthly charge – approximately USD35 for pre-paid customers and USD32 for post-paid users – MTN subscribers will be able to access the internet via GPRS-enabled handsets or by using a GSM/GPRS modem in laptops. AllAfrica.com states that MTN Rwanda’s network currently covers 90% of the country’s territory.
According to TeleGeography’s Wireless Operator Metrics, MTN Rwanda had 275,000 subscribers at the end of 2005, with ARPU of USD17. For the full year ending March 2005, the cellco had revenues of USD39.1 million and EBITDA of 18.7 million, up year-on-year by 21.7% and 29.9% respectively. CAPEX for the fiscal year came in at USD4.1 million.
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