First commercial LTE network launching in Rwanda

Rwanda will soon be able to enjoy advanced communication services with improved capacity and data speed.

olleh Rwanda Networks, (oRn), a joint venture between KT Corporation and the Government of Rwanda, has chosen Nokia Networks to provide the radio and core network as well as managed services to build the nation’s first commercial LTE network.

“This is a defining moment for Rwanda and its citizens. In addition to opening up a whole new world of data services, this LTE network will also be a strong proof point of our commitment to enabling and empowering the people of this country,” said Peter Jeon, CEO of oRn.


Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia Networks will deliver the LTE network using its high-performance and scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The radio system modules will be housed in a centralised base station hotel, and the related RF units will be distributed into the antenna sites.

Rn’s network will be managed, monitored and optimised by Nokia’s consolidated NetAct network management system. Nokia Networks will also provide a full suite of managed services such as network implementation, planning and optimisation, systems integration and network operations.

“As well as placing Rwanda on the global LTE roadmap, this initiative also has the potential to radically alter the current communications landscape in the country,” said Sudesh Maharaj, customer team head, Growht Markets, Central and West Africa at Nokia Networks.


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