Rwanda set for HD video over broadband with FTTH
| 16 October 2014
Liquid Telecom Rwanda is to invest US$34 million on laying fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) ahead of the launch of high definition (HD) video, live TV streaming, uninterrupted VoIP calling and real-time online gaming.
In June, the company completed the roll-out of the East Africa Fibre Ring which connects Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and back into Kenya. Now, thousands of kilometres of new fibre will be laid throughout Rwanda and to the borders of neighbouring Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
"We are an ambitious company which is investing heavily in laying new fibre across the nation and direct to people's doors. We are building a 21st century network which will help our country continue to grow and prosper," Sam Nkusi, chairman, Liquid Telecom Rwanda.
When complete, more homes and enterprises will be able to access Liquid Telecom's broadband service, which will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps. The FTTH network will also offer a stable interconnect service for operators in neighbouring countries.
Further value added services, and an over-the-top (OTT) video platform are already planned for the fibre optic network, according to COI East Africa.