Rwanda has partnered with a British telecommunications company to launch a satellite that will provide high-speed Internet access to schools in remote areas, the Rwandan Ministry of ICT and Innovation announced Wednesday.
The satellite, nicknamed “Icyerekezo” (“Vision”), was scheduled to be launched on Wednesday at around 23:30 Rwandan time from a launch base on the Atlantic coast of French Guiana, the ministry said in a statement.
The launch of this satellite is a symbol of Rwanda’s determination to develop the space industry, build local capacity, inspire the next generation, and bring Rwanda into a hyper-connected future, the statement said.
Without Internet access, economies stagnate, education lags behind, and development is considerably slower than in connected regions, he said.
The Rwandan government has made remarkable efforts to invest in high-speed Internet, and sees the launch of this satellite as an excellent opportunity to continue to connect the most underserved communities to the Internet,” said Rwandan Minister of ICT and Innovation Paula Ingabire in the statement.
Rwanda’s decision to invest in space technologies is part of a larger effort to reduce the digital divide, including providing equal digital opportunities to remote rural communities, the F minister said.