MTN turns down Rwanda’s request to share GSM masts

5 May 2009

The government of Rwanda is to build 20 GSM masts to enable wibro internet connection in the country’s capital Kigali after MTN turned down its request to share infrastructure. Nkubito Bakuramutsa, deputy CEO of IT at the Rwanda Development Board, said: ‘Once we began implementing the wibro project we encountered a challenge. One of the operators refused to share their masts. What happened is that now we have to build our own masts. What we have to work on now is to ensure that we build these masts in the various locations in the entire city … to have full coverage of Kigali.’ The state contracted Korea Telecom (KT) in July 2008 to design and implement the wireless broadband technology project in Kigali’s metropolitan area. The project, which was supposed to be finished in December 2008, is now slated for completion in the third quarter of 2009.