Airtel launches Rwanda’s third mobile network

2 Apr 2012

India’s Bharti Airtel group has added to its pan-African footprint with the launch of its new network in Rwanda, marking its seventeenth operation in Africa. Airtel has joined MTN and Millicom (Tigo) in the Rwandan mobile market, and says it plans to invest USD100 million over the next three years to build a nationwide 2G/3G network. Airtel says it took just 83 days to build out its network from scratch, making it the fastest ever network rollout in sub-Saharan Africa. MTN and Millicom previously faced competition from another operator, Libyan-owned Rwandatel, but that company had its licence revoked in April 2011 after failing to meet the minimum network coverage obligations of its concession.