Rwanda: Govt Intervenes to Address Internet Disruptions
5 March 2012
allAfrica.com - March 4, 2012
Internet disruptions will be no more following new guide lines issued by the government obliging all telecom operators and internet service providers (ISP) to offer diversity of internet bandwidth to consumers.
The Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), have put in place new measures where any affected operator will be required to tap into available bandwidth of other operators at a pre-negotiated price.
The new directive comes after the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) cable suffered multiple cuts between Djibouti and Port Sudan - which carries the majority of international Internet traffic - affected MTN Rwanda a few days ago.
Speaking at news conference yesterday, Dr. Ignace Gatare, Minister in the President's Office in Charge of ICT, said the guidelines will help operators ensure clients' services are not affected by outage.