The Rwanda market for Information and Communication Technologies is characterized by a high evolution and demand for services across the socio-economic spread of the country. Enhancement in the use of ICT requires proper regulatory framework to create an environment that promotes public confidence and ensure stability, transparency, competition, investment, innovation, and growth in the ICT sector.
RURA’s mandate, among other things, in the ICT sector is to license, monitor and enforce license obligations, manage scarce resources, advise policy makers on ICT, postal and media related issues and represent Rwanda in international organizations on issues pertaining to ICT.
Rwanda Telecom market is now composed by two (2) Telecommunication Operators that include MTN Rwanda Ltd and Airtel Rwanda Ltd, four (4) Internet Service Providers (ISPs), one (1) Wholesaler Network Service Provider, two (2) Network Facility Providers and twenty-three (23) Retailer Internet Service Providers.
The active mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions are 9,040,327 which implies the mobile penetration rate1 to be 74.8. The number of internet subscriptions increased from 5,475,448 to 6,234,520 representing an increase of 13.9%.
In addition, the capacity of international bandwidth increased from 49,074 Mbps to 64,548 Mbps, which accordingly reflected an increase of 31.5%. The increase in internet subscriptions and capacity of international bandwidth is mainly attributed to the affordability of smart phone devices and flexibility of internet bundles.
In Space technologies, RURA partnered with the University of Tokyo to develop a microsatellite equipped with cameras and antennas that will be used for prediction of crops yield and collection of useful data for disaster management.
RURA in collaboration with Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Rwanda National Police and other stakeholders took measures in preventing crimes and frauds committed while using SIM Cards.
Through the Universal Access Fund, RURA provided a support of Frw 2.7 Billion for the construction of ten (10) Telecommunication sites in Akagera (4), Virunga National Parks (3) and Nyungwe Forest (3) in order to improve the coverage in National Parks.