High speed internet exists in Rwanda, but is inaccessible

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 04/04/2012 17:18

With the omnipresence of the Internet today, thanks to mobile phones and laptops, it would be easy to forget that the technology only came to Rwanda at the turn of the century. Back then, the horrible dial-up connections were used where you could spend almost an hour sending one email.

With technology evolving at light speed, dial-up quickly became obsolete. The government, recognizing the potential of ICT for national development, established the vision of becoming the regional ICT hub by 2020. Through the Rwanda Information Technology Agency (RITA) which later became the IT department of the Rwanda Development Board, it embarked on building a backbone for high-speed internet in the form of a fiber-optic network and advanced data center.

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