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.
The Telecommunication market this year (2017-2018) was marked by the acquisition of TIGO Rwanda by AIRTEL Rwanda. As of June 2018, Rwanda Telecom market was composed by two main Telecom Operators, Five (5) Internet Service Providers (ISPs), one Wholesale Network Service provider, two (2) Network Facility Providers and Twenty-Seven (27) Retailers Internet Service Providers by June 2018.
Following the approval of Broadcasting Service Regulations, RURA licensed Twenty-Six (26) FM Radio broadcasters, Nine (9) Television Content Providers, Four (4) Direct to Home (DTH) and one Digital Terrestrial Televisions.
As a result of a conducive Legal and Regulatory Framework in place, the ICT sector continues to experience a significant growth. Indeed, during the period under review, the mobile telephone subscription increased from 8,819,217 to 9,226,721 meaning 4.6% of increase.
The fiscal year ended with a mobile penetration of 78.1%.
Internet service subscription increased from 4,375,016 to 5,475,448 representing an increase of 25%. The increase is mainly attributed to the affordability of smart phone devices and flexible pricing of internet bundles. During this fiscal year (2017-2018), the equipped international bandwidth capacity increased from 20,582 Mbps to 49,074 Mbps which accordingly reflected an increase of 138.4%.
On the other hand, this year was marked by an increase of incoming and outgoing international traffic which equals to 1.82% and 4.84%, respectively from 168,505,749 to 176,624,991 minutes.