Rwanda has hit a milestone in its deployment of 4G mobile broadband. The east-central African country has achieved 95% nationwide 4G coverage. The Rwanda nationwide 4G coverage was announced by South Korean mobile carrier, KT Corporation, which carried out the deployment which was executed in three and a half years.
The implication is that the 1.15 million smartphone users in the country can access a 4G LTE network almost anywhere in Rwanda. Rwanda has 8.6 million mobile users out of a population of about 12 million.
The nationwide 4G network is on KT Rwanda Networks (KTRN), a joint venture between KT Corporation and the Rwandan government. After KT signed a contract with the Rwandan government in March 2013, KT Rwanda Networks commenced commercial services from Kigali in November 2014.
As at 2016, over 62% of Rwanda’s territory had been covered with 4G LTE. That was the same year that the country was added to the list of the very first countries in Africa to provide Internet speed of 250 megabytes per second (Mbps).