from PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI – THE lack of access to telecommunication services among Rwandans in the rural areas is set to be a thing of the past with the launch of a solution providing remote populations with the same level of connectivity enjoyed by citizens in developed markets.
The initiative is by Vanu Rwanda, a subsidiary of the United States based company.
To date there are ten sites on air and, by the end of 2017, there will be a total of 376 sites covering approximately 1 million people in unserved areas of rural Rwanda.
It is envisaged with Vanu Inc’s service, Rwanda will be the most connected country in Africa.
Vanu, an innovator in cellular networks, has developed a technical and business model which addresses the challenges of sustainably delivering connectivity to remote areas.
Vanu has licensed spectrum from the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Organization to provide 100 percent solar enabled wholesale services to mobile network operators seeking to deliver services directly to hard-to-reach consumers.
Marketing Director for Airtel Rwanda, Moses Abindabizemu, said Airtel was committed to reaching rural populations.
Airtel Rwanda is the first operator to use the Vanu service.
“Vanu has provided us with a solution that works for us because it extends our coverage, increases our market share and generates additional revenue with no capital requirements,” said Abindabizemu.
“Vanu has taken the complexity out of what is an involved situation,” he added.
Dr Vanu Bose, President and CEO of Vanu, Inc., said Rwanda was the leading country in Africa in terms of their vision for the use and deployment of information and communication technologies.
“They want no citizen to be left behind,” said Bose.
Bose explained the long-term vision of the project.
“Although we will soon reach a million people in Rwanda, we are focused on replicating what we have done in Rwanda to reach the next 3 billion people globally who lack the connectivity that so many of us take for granted,” said Bose.
– CAJ News