Barely four months since RDB/IT introduced the two models of ICT buses, reports indicate that their impact in improving information technology is already being felt all over the country.
In a phone interview with Wilson Muyenzi, the e-Rwanda coordinator, one of the Hi-tech buses is already being used in Kamonyi district, in the Southern Province, by students and other local residents seeking IT services.
“We expect higher benefits to people in other rural areas which have been cut off in terms of ICT access,” pointed Muyenzi
“We are officially launching these buses on Thursday in Kamonyi, but so far the rollout has been received positively and we believe access to ICT will be greatly improved in rural areas,” he said
The mobile internet cafes which are equipped with 22 HP laptops, will be traveling to rural areas to allow ordinary citizens access IT services, and are expected to target students, business people and farmers seeking to source for markets.
The buses will work hand-in hand with the already existing Telecentres which are established in each of the 30 districts across the country.
According to RDB/IT , the move to import the buses was aimed at bridging the digital divide in the country which is one of the backbones of the ongoing e-Rwanda Project and will see internet taken closer to citizens, especially in the rural areas.