Rwanda achieves 95% nationwide 4G coverage

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.

Rwanda Trailblazing

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).

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3 thoughts on “Rwanda achieves 95% nationwide 4G coverage

  • May 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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    This is good news for a country like Rwanda and I’m happy for them. What about we Nigeria, are we that close?

  • May 16, 2018 at 4:48 am
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    Good for Rwanda. Could be better for us.

    I don’t know the technical reasons.

    But…

    Would be great if there is 4G/LTE that works with any smartphone, rather than the present situation of compatibility differentiation.

    If other bands 3G, 2G work on any smartphone, why can’t my InfiniX or indeed any other smartphone at all – support GLO 4G, for instance?

    The reported better speed on GLO 4G may simply be because most phones don’t support their peculiar and uncommon 4G band..

  • May 16, 2018 at 5:21 am
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    If other bands 3G, 2G work on any smartphone, why can’t my InfiniX or indeed any other smartphone at all – support GLO 4G, for instance?

    Actually, it is similar with other generation networks like 3G and 2G: they do not work on any smartphone. Remember people who travel to the US and can’t use their phones on US 2G networks?

    Same goes for 3G: there are different bands and not all phones are compatible.

    The problem with 4G is that it has far more many bands than 3G and 2G do individually, thus escalating the compatibility issues.

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