A team from Rwanda's ICT agency was recently in South Korea on a due-diligence mission to find out which of the various mobile phone makers offer the best low cost deal for the country.
Rwanda recently announced it would start assembling low cost mobile phones following a decision to extend and increase penetration of affordable telecommunication services to the rural areas of the country. Mr. Peter Fullarton, director of the Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA), told that his team would visit six different manufacturers to assess the best offers. Less than 10 percent Rwanda's 8.2 million people can access Internet services. Among the companies to be visited by Mr. Fullarton's team are ZTE Corporation, Huawei Telecom (both of China), Motorolla (Japan), Sumsung, LG (both S. Korea), UT Starcom (US and China) and Curitel (South Korea). All policies of government and key economic activities are based on technological development.