MTN Rwanda launches LTE for smartphones; RURA invites bids for MNP management solution

3 Mar 2016

MTN Rwanda has launched 4G LTE services for smartphone users, thus enabling customers with LTE-enabled devices to use mobile data on the 4G network, All Africa reports. MTN Rwanda CEO Gunter Engling said: ‘We at MTN aim to provide our customers with the best possible user experience by adapting new technologies such as the introduction of 4G LTE on mobile devices.’ As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, MTN first introduced its LTE service – for users using 4G modems, wireless routers and CPEs – in November 2014 over Olleh Rwanda Networks’ (ORN’s) infrastructure. ORN, the joint venture between the Rwandan government and South Korean telecoms giant KT Corp, launched its open-access LTE network on 11 November 2014 and currently offers 4G connectivity to local mobile operators and ISPs on a wholesale basis.

In a separate news, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has published a call for expression of interest for the implementation and operation of a centralised solution for mobile number portability (MNP) services. The regulator has invited companies with ‘proven experience in successfully deploying, operating and managing solutions for MNP’ to submit their bids by 31 March 2016. TeleGeography notes that the launch of MNP services, which will allow subscribers to retain their phone number when they switch service provider, was originally slated for 2011, though RURA postponed the MNP launch in 2012 as ‘the market was not yet ready for it’.