Republic of Rwanda government in collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change non-profit organization has provided SpaceX Starlink internet to 50 schools in rural communities.
With Starlink, Rwanda’s internet penetration is on the rise to help the country expand internet access in areas where terrestrial internet infrastructures are difficult and too expensive to install.
The ICT Ministry says it plans to fully connect 500 schools in the long term and connect underprivileged communities in underserved areas across the country.
“The Tomorrow Partnership’s work with the government of Rwanda is bringing high-speed internet connectivity to schools. Connecting the first cohort of 50 schools in the 500-school pilot was an exciting moment,” said the organization.
“The Rwandan government is relentless in its drive to meet its National Strategy for Transformation target of connecting every school to the internet.”
“We are glad to have partners that have really embraced and bought into the vision of Rwanda positioning itself to be a proof of concept hub for entrepreneurs and innovators, to build and scale their digital solutions,” stated Paula Ingabire, the Rwanda Minister of Information, Communications Technology (ICT) and Innovation.