Tigo Rwanda unveils first SMART Village in Rulindo

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Tigo Rwanda today launched a SMART Village project in Tumba Sector, Rulindo District, Northern Province in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and ICT.

The Smart Village, located in Tumba Sector Rulindo District, Northern Province, has a population of 21,000 and an estimated 5,000 households.

The Smart Village Initiative aims to bridge the digital divide in rural Rwanda by bringing technological solutions and innovations to residents in order to enhance their daily lives, increase socio-economic opportunities and create jobs by increasing their access to ICT and services. The pillars of the Smart Village are Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Education, Connectivity/Electricity, Healthcare, Agriculture, Governance and Smart Markets.

Tigo Rwanda support the Smart Village Initiative through the three pillars of Connectivity, Digital Literacy and Financial Inclusion.

Speaking during the launch of the Tumba Smart Village, Tigo Rwanda Deputy Chief Operating Executive, Chantal Umutoni Kagame said;“in order to support the three pillars, Tigo Rwanda invested in providing 3G and 4G connectivity to the 21, 000 Tumba Sector residents. Today, they are able to enjoy the fastest and most affordable Internet in the country.

“Working with our suppliers, we are providing subsidized handsets to residents. The feature phones and smart phones we provide are the most affordable in Rwanda at the cost of Frw 6,000 and Frw 36,000 respectively. This shall ensure that as many people in this community are able to access handsets”.

Currently, Tigo Rwanda has over three million customers and has invested over US $310 million from 2009 to date.   Tigo Rwanda provides 4G LTE on mobile for both prepaid and post-paid customers.  Tigo Rwanda was awarded as the ‘Most Innovative Service’ at Africa Com 2014, for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania. In 2016 Tigo Rwanda became the first telecom operator in Africa to sign the Connected Women Commitment Initiative.

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