Rwanda grants broadband licence

28 Jun 2007

Altech Stream Rwanda, a subsidiary of South African vendor Allied Technologies (Altech) has been granted a licence to offer broadband in Rwandan cities, using both Wi-Fi and WiMAX. The concession includes spectrum in the 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 15GHz bands, and allows Altech Stream to install its own satellite earth station to provide international bandwidth. The latest estimate of internet penetration in Rwanda provided by the ITU was 38,000 at the end of September 2005 — around four people in every thousand.