Smart Kigali: 400 buses connected to 4G Internet

Rwanda-4G-BusesAs part of the broad Smart Kigali initiative, more than 400 buses have been connected to 4G Internet connection, which will allow passengers on board have full access to free super-fast internet.

Some 487 buses belonging to Kigali Bus Services, Royal Express and Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC) had been fitted with special-purpose internet devices by last evening.

This, according to officials, made Kigali the first city not only in the region but also across the continent to provide citizens with the free wireless internet in public transport.

The initiative comes after the City of Kigali in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and ICT and other stakeholders last year launched the Internet Bus Project, which will see all buses not only within Kigali, but also across the country offer internet to passengers.

Following the launch of the project, last year, five buses were connected as a pilot project before the general roll out.

During launch at Kigali Car Park, yesterday, many officials said the project would change the lifestyle of the city dwellers and visitors, as well improve the service delivery among other things.

“Internet connectivity is becoming increasingly important as an enabler for a number of things as well as a lifestyle. 4G has been perceived as the internet for high-end customers,” said Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, the minister for youth and ICT.

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