Rollout of fibre-optic backbone 80% complete

19 Oct 2010

Deployment of Rwanda’s 2,300km national fibre-optic backbone is around 80% complete, East African Business Week reports, citing CEO of the Rwanda Development Borad John Gara. According to Gara, around 50 public institutions have already been connected to the network, while 300 people in the capital Kigali are testing the Kigali Wireless Broadband (Wibro) network. Construction of the backbone is slated for completion by the end of the year, with the network scheduled to be fully operational by April 2011. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Rwandan government signed a USD40 million deal with South Korean incumbent telco KT Corp in October 2008 to supply and install the national fibre-optic backbone. The network will connect 317 institutions (97 in Kigali and 220 outside the capital) in all 30 districts, and connect all nine of Rwanda’s borders. The government hopes the infrastructure will boost access to broadband services and facilitate IT-based foreign direct investment (FDI) in areas such as business outsourcing.