ICT Sector Profile in Rwanda

Rwanda continues to be one of the fastest growing African countries in ICT and there are several opportunities for growth for the ICT sector including e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, applications development and automation and ICT training. ICT penetration rate in the country is 30% and the Internet is also growing with 7% penetration rate in the country

Characteristics of the sector

  • The number of active mobile cellular phone subscribers increased to 53.1%, up from 41.5 % in 2012.
  • ICT network infrastructure is currently concentrated in Kigali City
  • ICT penetration rate is also higher in Kigali in comparison with other provinces in the country with 30% national penetration
  • Rwanda was ranked the most dynamic African country in the ITU ICT Development Index in 2012
  • Internet is also growing with 7% penetration rate in the country.
  • Rwanda recorded a spectacular increase rate of Mobile phone in one decade by 1,400,000

 Rwanda’s ICT Competitive advantage

  • Cheap labour compared to other countries in the region
  • Young and dynamic workforce 98% of the population is under 50 years and 43% is under 16 years
  • Most favourable business environment in the region
  • Low levels of corruption
  • World class ICT infrastructure
  • Strong and visionary leadership
  • Bi-lingual business environment that is French and English

Current Situation in the sector
Information and Communication Technology is a central engine to driving Rwanda’s transformation to a knowledge based economy, a fact Rwanda has acknowledged by allocating a budget to ICT as a percentage of its GDP that is at par with OECD countries. There are several avenues for growth for the ICT sector from e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, applications development and automation to becoming a regional centre for the training of top quality ICT professionals and research. A robust ICT industry can create wealth, jobs and entrepreneurs.

Investment opportunities in the sector

  • Improving affordability in order to reach the one-third of the population
  • Widening access to more advanced ICT services such as broadband for high speed internet
  • Leveraging the new ICT infrastructure to improve the delivery of services and to build on it as a source of economic growth
  • Developing and aligning people skills relevant to the Information Technology enabled Services, industries and knowledge economy.

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