21 October 2013

Rwanda: Free WiFi in Kigali

The government of Rwanda has started to cover Kigali with wireless hotspots and is planning to provide free WiFi coverage to all schools and public buildings, markets, bus stations and hotels in the city. The so-called "Smart Kigali" initiative is one of the ways Rwanda is trying to reinvent itself as a regional high tech hub. All a consumer needs to connect to the service in Kigali is a WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, a tablets or a laptop.
According to the City of Kigali (21 Sept 2013), the free WiFi service in public places will initially be provided at Union Trade Center, Kigali City Tower, Kigali City Market, MTN Center, Nyabugogo Bus Park, Remera-Kisementi, Stade Amahoro, Kigali Public Library, Kanombe International Airport, KBC, Kacyiru Ministere, KIST and KIE. Internet connectivity at these sites will be powered by BSC Ltd, MTN Rwanda, TIGO Rwanda Ltd, AIRTEL, LIQUID Telecom and ISPA. Fifteen of Kigali Bus Services’ large buses have also been equipped with the free WiFi service.

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