Friday, January 22, 2010

Wireless internet in Rwanda

In Rwanda, Kigali is to become soon the first ‘wireless’ city in Africa. Wireless networking represent the future of Internet connectivity and computer in Africa. Wireless usually refers to radio connection between devices. WiFi is a wireless Ethernet link operating in the 2.4 GHz band and conforming to IEEE 802.11b. It is claimed to have a range of up to 100 m, but this is very dependent on the location. The Government of Rwanda created a new project to provide a network for Internet access called the Kigali Metropolitan Network. After many years of hard work, the Kigali Metropolitan Network (KMN) and the Kigali Wireless Broadband (WiBro) Network have been launched. This WiBro’s infrastructure was built by Korea Telecom (KT), South Korea’s second largest mobile operator and first fixed-line operator. Kigali is now a “hot spot” capital city in Africa. Internet users in this African city will now be able to use voice-over-IP (VoIP) services and high speed connectivity. The Kigali Metropolitan Network is now able to increase broadband availability to several hundreds of Rwandan institutions including health-care centres, schools and government administrative centres. The national fiber-optic backbone is now complete and provide broadband throughout the country.
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