First African LTE network completed: fast internet for Rwanda

Rwanda is the first country in Africa to operate a nationwide LTE mobile phone network. The completion of Rwanda’s 4G LTE network was celebrated at the Transform Africa Summit 2018, Africa’s largest ICT conference, held in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali.

In technical terms, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals, based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.

The LTE network has been built by KT Corporation, South Korea’s largest telephone company. With the completion of the network, 95 percent of the Rwandan people now have access to high-speed wireless broadband service. According to a report by ITnewsAfrica, the Rwandan government expects that faster mobile communication network will help improve the quality of life of the Rwandan people.

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