Uganda Telecom (UTL) and Rwandan incumbent telco Rwandatel have agreed to purchase international broadband capacity from the recently launched submarine fibre-optic cable system SEACOM. In turn, SEACOM has secured a backhaul solution for Rwanda on the two regional players’ terrestrial networks between Ugandan capital Kampala and Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, the two telcos, which are both subsidiaries of Libyan government investment vehicle LAP Green Networks, will have immediate access to the SEACOM network. Although Uganda has been connected to SEACOM since its commercial launch on 23 July 2009, the deal means that Rwanda will benefit from the newly available broadband capacity as soon as September 2009. Patrick Kariningufu, CEO of Rwandatel, commented: ‘In line with our strategy to extend connectivity to the population, and in anticipation of the arrival of affordable international bandwidth, Rwandatel took major steps in developing its infrastructure. We are excited about our deal with SEACOM and look forward to delivering affordable broadband to our customers.’
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