Rwanda and Korea sign $38 million internet deal

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In a bid to enable high-speed internet network with fiber-optic technology, Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA) has signed a $38million contract with Korea Telecom (KT).

The network which will be over 2,300kms of fiber-optic cables is a continuation of the on-going Kigali Metropolitan Network and it will fully connect major public and private institutions, hospitals, schools, universities, immigration and border services, 36 main nodes in both Kigali City and all the 30 Districts of the country.

Rita Executive, Prof. Murenzi said that Rwanda will be the second country in Sub-Saharan Africa to have a strong internet connection backbone after South Africa when the implementation of the fiber-optic cable network reaches its final implementation in 2009.

Korean Telecom is credited for being at the forefront of turning Korea into an IT powerhouse and RITA administration said it is delighted to partner with it. KT Chief Executive Officer in charge of overseas business, Dr. Kim Hansuk, announced that the company brings its service to Rwanda with a feeling that the they both have many things in common.

‘We both came from nowhere and we are located in remote regions in the World. We both are small, we do have many people to feed and we do have little natural resources,’ he said at the signing of the contract, adding that their services will yield many fruits for years to come.

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