Rwandan government moves to protect internet connectivity

7 Mar 2012

Rwanda’s telecoms watchdog, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), has moved to assist internet users in the country who are still suffering from service disruptions following two undersea cable cuts several weeks ago. The government is making it mandatory for telcos and internet service providers (ISPs) to ‘provide seamless redundancy and diversity of internet bandwidth to guarantee service’, it said in a statement. ‘This will allow automatic sharing of bandwidth between operators at pre-negotiated prices to avoid service interruptions in case of any breakdown,’ the statement continues. The EASSy cable, which runs along the coast of East Africa, was cut accidentally between Djibouti and Port Sudan in the Red Sea on 17 February, while the TEAMS cable, which also offers international connectivity to the east coast of Africa, was cut on 25 February by a ship dragging its anchor off the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Repair work is continuing.