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RDB Signs Rwf4billion Internet Deal With Tanzanian Telecom

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The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has awarded a US$ 6.7 Million (over Rwf4billion) contract to Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTLC), to supply 1.244 gigabytes of internet bandwidth per second for a period of ten years.

Mr. Patrick Nyirishema the Head of Communications Technology at RDB confirmed that TTLC was legally procured to supply bulk international bandwidth, thanks to World Bank for the grant provided through the Regional Infrastructure Programme-Rwanda, a project that aims at lowering the price of internet as well as extending the geographical reach of broadband networks in Rwanda.

Part of the new internet bandwidth is scheduled to be channeled to government institutions through the national backbone, while the other will be shared with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who will supply the bandwidth to end users.

Nyirishema also pointed out that the additional bandwidth is in line with the government’s plan to transform into a service based economy. Hence improving ICT infrastructure and services is essential.

In this respect, if broadband becomes a commodity in the Rwandan market, it would stimulate deployment of a wider and improved range of services to users at affordable rates.

“We are using demand aggregation for bandwidth to drive down prices of internet capacity, to stimulate investments into regional network infrastructure and to ensure affordable access is made available to all market participants on an open-access basis,” Nyirishema remarked.

The Chairman of TTLC Mr. Said Amir Said noted that in two weeks, his company will provide part of the capacity and will progressively scale it up to the full contracted capacity in less than six months.

Mr. Said noted that the deal was commendable since it was the first of its kind. “We want to unlock more opportunities and strengthen cooperation as part of regional integration.”

He added that TTLC has shown capacity to provide internet even in countries which are away from the region. “We have so far connected Malawi and in April we are yet to sign a bigger deal with the same country.  Mozambique is also another country we are in negotiation with,” said the TTLC chai

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