The government has invested in developing ICT infrastructure to enhance service delivery:
- 4500Km+ of Fiber optic broadband cabling has been laid throughout the country connecting all 30 districts and with 9 regional links to neighboring countries;
- 10 GbPs of broadband capacity
- Connected the country 4GLTE network
- Increased mobile penetration to 76.2% with over 8.5 million subscribers.
- 33% of internet penetration across the country.
The National Information Communication Policy, NICI, em- bodies Rwanda’s ICT strategies towards achieving Vision 2020 – Rwanda’s economic blueprint to achieving a knowl- edge-based economy and become a middle-income country by 2020.
- NICI I (2001 – 2005) focused on creating the necessary enabling environment
- NICI II (2006 – 2010) focused on establishing world- class communication infrastructure.
- NICI III (2011 – 2015) focuses on services development.by leveraging ICT’s to improve service delivery to citizens.
Government has adapted the SMART Rwanda 2020 Master plan which underpins the current government transformation agenda through accelerating delivery of the necessary invest- ments in infrastructure. by 2020, Rwanda intends to achieve:
ICT investments worth Us$ 1 billion;
- 100,000 ICT professional jobs;
- 100 local companies with a market capitalization of Us$50 Million each;
- Government productivity gains exceeding Us$50M;
- Expand Rwanda’s export to Us$150M through bPOs and creative industries; and
- Increased innovation and mainstreaming of ICT across key economic sectors;
Kigali Innovation City:
- This is a flagship project for Government of Rwanda aimed at providing World Class infrastructure, products and services.
- Targets: University, a skills academy, solution center, innovation growth center, locally- domiciled Innovation Growth Funds, innovation
- Growth center
Rwanda is looking for investment in an e-waste man- agement plant in order to overcome some of the challenges that arise from the rapidly growing e-waste stream.
Internet Data Centers:
There are opportunities to establish more data centers and business continuity centers for not only Rwanda but also the region and beyond.
Business Process Outsourcing Activities:
- Rwanda targets to increase the domestic demand for bPO services to Us$274 million by 2020, up from the current (estimated) Us$50 million..
- Rwanda offers many first-mover advantages for investors in the bPO sector which include; a young and dynamic work force, Upgraded IT infrastructure and a bi-lingual business environment.
Other opportunities are in smart Cities solutions, smart Energy Grid development.