State receives USD24 million World Bank broadband grant

20 May 2009 is reporting that the Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme – Rwanda (RCIPRWA) has received a USD24 million grant from the World Bank to improve the country’s broadband network infrastructure. The funds will be used to establish national capacity to provide broadband connectivity and access to low-cost international connectivity and will facilitate the country’s connection to global networks through undersea fiber-optic cables. The minister of science, technology, scientific research and ICT, Professor Romain Murenzi, said: ‘Coupled with the government’s initiative to install a national backbone fibre-optic network, this support will boost our ambitions to become a regional ICT hub. The project will bring high speed global connectivity to Rwanda, supporting the growth of business around ICT, and effective e-services to the people of Rwanda such as e-health, e-education, e-agriculture and many other e-applications.’