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Rwandatel rolls out 3G network

Government backed operator launches 3G services to compete with rival MTN Rwandacel.

Rwanda’s incumbent mobile operator Rwandatel, one of the country’s two mobile companies, has launched a GSM and W-CDMA network.

The telco had hoped to launch earlier this year but claims that post-election violence in Kenya delayed a shipment of equipment needed to roll out the network, according to a report from the Rwandan News Agency.

Rwandatel will compete head to head with MTN Rwandacell, and both operators will soon be joined by a third, player, Millicom, which was awarded the county’s third mobile licence in November 2008.

MTN Rwandacel, which now has more than one million subscribers, launched 2G services in Rwanda in 1998, and added GPRS in 2006. The company is now testing a 3G network in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali.

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