Rwanda has launched a satellite that will help provide broadband internet to schools in remote areas. The country’s ministry of ICT and Innovation announced the launch from a spaceport on the Atlantic coast of French Guiana.
The broadband satellite, designed by UK-based company, OneWeb, will benefit school such as Groupe Secondaire St Pierre Nkombo. BusinessTimesAfrica reports that the location of the school (on Nkombo Island in Lake Kivu) makes it extremely costly and inefficient to be connected to standard fiber connections readily available in the country. According to the report, the satellite is a perfect solution to provide them with internet connectivity via space. Other schools across different regions in Rwanda will benefit from the new internet connections as well.
the Rwandan satellite is part of the first six initial satellites that OneWeb will be launching. According to BusinessTimesAfrica, the company is backed major players in the space industry and finance, including Virgin, Qualcomm, Airbus and Soft Bank of Japan. OneWeb plans to roll out 650 satellites across the world to connect schools and hospitals to the web.
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