The Rwandan government is negotiating a deal to connect the landlocked country’s telecoms network to The East African Marine System (TEAMS) international submarine cable, which landed at Mombasa earlier this month. Science and technology minister Romain Murenzi told Rwandan newspaper The New Times that he had delegated officials from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to discuss with Kenyan authorities the possibility of establishing a cross-border fibre-optic link to the cable system. Last month Rwanda received a USD24 million regional infrastructure grant from the World Bank to improve network capacity and broadband connectivity and to lower the cost of international transmission. In October 2008 the government awarded a USD40 million contract to South Korean telco KT Corp to construct a national fibre-optic backbone. Cellco MTN Rwanda and telco Rwandatel are already represented in another ongoing East African submarine cable project, the EASSy consortium.