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Why Rwanda can provide the cheapest internet in Africa

Published on March 25, 2015

“The country’s broadband connectivity has become a key competitive differentiator in the global economy,” said Jean-Philibert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT. “We have made significant progress already for the widespread adoption of ICT, particularly in sectors such as health, education, agriculture, as well as business and finance,”

Across the countries surveyed by A4AI, a fixed broadband connection costs the average citizen approximately 40 percent of their monthly income, eight times more than the affordability target set by the UN Broadband Commission in 2011. Mobile broadband is cheaper but still double the UN threshold, averaging 10 percent of monthly income — about as much as developing country households spend on housing, an A4AI statement revealed.

However, Rwanda wants to become a knowledge-driven and middle income economy before the year 2020, and all of these are tied to the growth of ICT, which it believes will fast-track its transformation process from its darker days following a brutal 1994 genocide. Read more. Source | Ventures Africa