Green Future Limited contracted by Rwandatel and Uganda telecom to bring fibre optic cable to both countries said that it would connect a fibre optic loop from Kampala, Uganda to Kigali by January 2010.
The company said in a statement issued recently that the fibre optic cable expected to provide Internet broadband to Rwanda will reach the Katuna border post of Rwanda by at least December 2009.
The company which recently got the contract to lay fibre cables from Uganda to Rwanda is currently providing Internet capacity of about 30 Mega bytes / sec through an infrastructure called microwave technology.
According to the statement, the cables will take one more month to reach Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.
Both Rwandatel and Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) are owned partly by Libyan African Investment Portfolio (LAP). The firm recently secured $300m (Rwf170.4b) fund offered by the Chinese government through the LAP Green Network, a Libyan telecom firm.
The money will be used to fund the Libyan African Investment Portfolio (LAP) Green’s telecommunication operations in Africa. Rwandatel is set also to benefit from the funds.
In September, Rwandatel and its sister company in Uganda, UTL, signed a partnership deal with SEACOM to provide the fibre connection.
After the connection Rwandatel’s Internet subscriber base us projected to increase by 10 percent in the first 12 months.