MTN Rwanda has announced that its data/internet capacity will increase by 22.4% early next year when it carries out its scheduled connection to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy). As quoted in a report by the New Times, the Nyarutarama based operator says that once connected to the fibre-optic cable, it will increase its broadband capacity to 355Mbps from 200Mbps. MTN currently offers a total bandwidth of 155Mbps on fibre and an additional 45Mbps backup on satellite. South African-based MTN Group is the largest operator investor in EASSy, which is deployed along the east and south coast of Africa to service the voice, data, video and internet needs of the region. The cable is owned and operated by a group of 16 African (92%) and international (8%) telecoms operators and service providers. MTN Rwanda is also connected to The East African Marine System (TEAMS), another fibre-optic cable, and its management says it plans to connect to more cables to gain redundancy in an effort to avoid outages. According to the New Times report, official figures released by Rwanda’s Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) suggest that MTN Rwanda is the country’s leading provider of ‘data and internet services’ with a market share of 78.4%, having overtaken rival Rwandatel.