MTN Rwanda, the country’s leading cellco in terms of subscribers, has introduced commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services over ORN Rwanda’s infrastructure. Hope Magazine cites Robert Rwakabogo, senior manager of marketing operations at MTN Rwanda, as saying: ‘The things you can do with super-fast 4G LTE are limitless. The internet experience has become better, faster, easier, and more reliable with the introduction of this new technology.’ Potential users can access the internet via a selection of devices, including a 4G modem, priced at RWF56,000 (USD81.1), a wireless router (RWF60,000) and customer premises equipment (CPE, RWF80,000). The operator offers LTE access in three tiered packages: residential users can purchase a 1GB data allowance for RWF4,300, with a 10GB allowance priced at RWF37,000. Meanwhile, the premium plan, including 100GB worth of ‘unlimited’ data, is targeted at SMEs and corporate users, and is priced at RWF345,000.
In addition, the operator has also added 42 new 3.75G sites in Kigali, with the official noting: ‘This site expansion is a direct response to the demands of telecommunications consumers in Rwanda. We have deepened our network capacity and quality, while still providing affordable internet services targeted at boosting customers’ experience’.
As noted by CommsUpdate earlier this week, ORN – the joint venture between the Rwandan government and KT Corp –launched its open-access LTE network on 11 November. ORN offers 4G connectivity to local mobile operators and internet service providers (ISPs) on a wholesale basis.