Broadband agenda should be fast-tracked

Editor, As the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) tries to ensure that all countries move forward in acquiring equitable and affordable broadband access networks and services for everyone, strategies to ensure that people access these services starting from the grassroots, should be developed. In our own case, it is indeed uplifting that our Government is determined to turn Rwanda into the ICT hub of the region.  Nonetheless, there is need for the private sector to urgently tap into the already-existing backbone infrastructure, which should help improve both broadband accessibility and affordability.

Editor,

As the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) tries to ensure that all countries move forward in acquiring equitable and affordable broadband access networks and services for everyone, strategies to ensure that people access these services starting from the grassroots, should be developed.

In our own case, it is indeed uplifting that our Government is determined to turn Rwanda into the ICT hub of the region.  Nonetheless, there is need for the private sector to urgently tap into the already-existing backbone infrastructure, which should help improve both broadband accessibility and affordability.

It is an open secret that broadband internet is the most important tool in breaking all communication barriers involved in reaching out to the people.

In addition there is need for the various actors in the advancement of ICT tools to make close follow-up on the resolutions that were made during last month’s Global Broadband Commission summit in Kigali, which underlined the importance of ensuring reliable and affordable broadband by 2015.

Alex Muhire
Nyamirambo

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