Telecommunications in Rwanda


Telecommunications in Rwanda

Telephones - main lines in use: 23,200 (2002)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 134,000 (2003)
In January 2006, there is one provider, MTN Rwandacell with over 200,000 subscribers; Terracom/Rwandatel is poised to enter the market in early 2006. Government investment in the Rwandan telecommunication sector is growing and has been successful so far.[1]

Telephone system: telephone system primarily serves business and government
domestic: the capital, Kigali, is connected to the centers of the prefectures by microwave radio relay; the remainder of the network depends on wire and HF radiotelephone. Kigali, and several provincial capitals have cellular phone services.
international: international connections employ microwave radio relay to neighboring countries and satellite communications to more distant countries; satellite earth stations - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) in Kigali (includes telex and telefax service)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 0, FM 8 (two main FM programs are broadcast through a system of repeaters, three international FM programs include the BBC, VOA, and DW-World), shortwave 1 (2005)

Radios: 601,000 (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 2 (2004)

Televisions: NA; probably less than 1,000 (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 4 (2005) [2]

Internet Users:

25,000 (2002) Country code (Top level domain): RW

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