Airtel launches 3G in Rwanda

July 4, 2012
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Customers will receive introductory free 3.75G internet for the first two weeks where every customer will receive 1 GB free every day until July 17/FILE

, KIGALI, Rwanda, Jul 4 – Airtel on Wednesday launched its 3G network in Rwanda, on its 3.75G platform.

The improved technology will enhance multimedia functionality, high speed mobile broadband and internet access; allowing users to make video calls, watch live TV, send and receive emails and download music from the devices.

Airtel Rwanda Country Manager Marcellin Paluku said the technology will initially be available to Airtel customers in Kigali, but will become available to other parts of the country over the course of the month.

Customers will receive introductory free 3.75G internet for the first two weeks where every customer will receive 1 GB free every day until July 17.

When the offer period expires, customers will pay 20 Rwandan Franc per MB from 6:00 hrs to 00:00 hrs and 10 Rwandan Franc from 00:00 hrs to 5:59 hrs.

He added that the new network will be enormously beneficial for a variety of users, which include large Corporates, Small or Medium Businesses and the Youth.

“The technology on our 3.75G network will give our customers the opportunity to interact with data in a different way,” explained Paluku.“This is why Airtel doesn’t see 3G as a product but a platform that enables the community to expand its social and commercial horizons, alongside the rest of the world.”

Airtel has teamed up with world-class service provider, Ericsson, to ensure seamless upgrade of the existing network to the 3.75G network.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Airtel for the upgrade of their network in Rwanda, and see mobile broadband as key to realizing our vision of the Networked Society,” said Lars Linden, Head of Ericsson sub Saharan Africa.

Ericsson sub Saharan Africa is the Supplier of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators in the region.

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