Ebenezer Asante

ebeneza@mtn.co.rw

Developmental use of 4G LTE

Beyond the use of LTE for individual and small-scale use, LTE can support developmental initiatives that depend on heavy use of Data exchange. I will take just two developmental cases; in the health and educational fields. Examples will be e-School for instance to support distance learning or e-...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

4G LTE and the complementarity of technologies

This is picked from my first article of these series last week, where I talked about what the 4G LTE technology means for Rwandans. What I want to tackle in this article therefore is; does 4G LTE therefore make the earlier technologies redundant? I take the view that for the phase of technology...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

What 4G-LTE means for Rwandans

The first installment in this series is a little heavy in tech-language but it is good for general education and awareness. I will however try to break it down as simple as possible so that every day users and followers of technology can appreciate what 4G LTE is about and what it can mean for...

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mobile payments and the banking sector (part II)

In the last part of this article, we explored the functions of Mobile Money and how affordable and convenient it is to transact using this service. But despite the successes of Mobile Money, are mobile payment solutions or Telcos competing with banks? In my view, Telcos are actually complementing...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Smart Rwanda: Beyond Mobile Payments

In the previous series we sought to make a strong case for an Information Communication Technology (ICT) led economy with intuitive benefits spawning from the inter-sectoral linkages glued together by ICT.  We pointed out that ICT has both input and output factors underpinning all industries....

Monday, November 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Smart series V: infrastructure readiness for digital revolution

Huge investments have gone into providing the basic ICT infrastructure by government and the private sector led by the Telcos and the ISPs alike. Rwanda has arguably one of the highest fibre layout per square kilometre in the world; there are three international gateways with huge capacities owned...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

ICT and Smart Businesses

We can look at two distinct sets of businesses and entrepreneurs under this theme. First, those operating in the ICT industry itself providing value-added services to the Telcos, ISPs or any other entity requiring such services. These providers could be locally developed Content, Apps, Programming...

Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Smart series III: The ICT revolution in Rwanda

Revolution can only happen when there is popular mobilisation towards a worthy cause. It happens not because people desire for change but take practical steps to effect the change they desire in order to spur others on.  It is about lighting one candle and spreading its effects until...

Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

Smart Series 2: Smart Rwanda as a catalyst for economic development

In my last article, I shared my reflections on the Smart Rwanda Days conference in general and the importance of using ICT as a vehicle for Smart development. In this article I will look at the economic impact of a Smart Rwanda. The literature on ICT and its contribution to national...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

SMART SERIES: Investment, innovation, thinking and beyond

ON OCTOBER 2-3, Rwanda, under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and ICT, held a two-day event that was well spiced with topical ICT content such as Digital Payments, ICT Governance, Internet innovations, Smart City, Open Data and Digital innovations.  It is worthy of note that the Smart...

Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

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