The Altech Stream Rwanda licence, which provides the rights to deliver comprehensive broadband services, using both Wi-Fi and WiMax, as well as dedicated spectrum usage rights in 2,5GHz, 3,5Ghz and 15GHz bands, also includes the rights for Altech Stream to install its own satellite earth-station for direct connection to the World Wide Web.
Altech CEO, Craig Venter, says: “The licence provides Altech Stream Rwanda with the right to cover the major cities of Rwanda and to deliver a range of services at access speeds and quality levels far exceeding those experienced to date by Rwandan users of data based services. We regard Rwanda as an important starting point in the execution of our strategy to operate broadband networks on the African continent.”
Venter adds: “The services to be offered in Rwanda will include access to the Internet, e-mail services and value-added ISP services. Pent-up demand is evident amongst customers in the business and consumer segments, whilst government and foreign institutions in the educational, diplomatic agencies and embassy offices have indicated their need for quality Internet-based services.”