KT completes LTE network in Rwanda

18 May 2018

Telecoms

KT announced Sunday that it had installed a high-speed LTE network in Rwanda that covers 95 percent of the African country.

Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier announced the completion of the network during the Transform Africa Summit 2018 -- an information and communication technology (ICT) conference -- held from May 7 to 10 in Rwanda's capital city Kigali.

Rwanda is one of the fastest growing African ICT markets in e-commerce, e-services, mobile technology, applications development and automation. The country has a population of about 12 million people and 8.6 million people are subscribed to a mobile service. It is assumed that about 1.15 million people are using smartphones.

KT said the completion of the LTE network in Rwanda was a successful example of the company's public-private-partnership (PPP) contract.

The company was an exclusive business partner with Rwanda to install the high-speed LTE network, which took three-and-a-half years to complete.

The network coverage reached 26 percent in 2015 and surpassed the 62 percent mark in 2016.

Source: Korean Times