4G wholesaler ORN changes name ahead of planned African expansion

22 Jul 2016

Olleh Rwanda Networks (ORN), the open-access 4G joint venture between South Korea’s KT Corp (51%) and the Rwandan government (49%), has announced that it has changed its name to Korea Telecom Rwanda Networks (KTRN), in a move designed to unify its branding as it plots its entry into new markets. AllAfrica quotes Han-Sung Yoon, CEO of KTRN, as saying: ‘We have just changed the name, from Olleh Rwanda Networks back to globally recognised name, Korea Telecom Rwanda Networks. Nothing else has been changed … All our logos changed on 27 June. We intend to extend our operations to other parts of the region, and we thought it’s better to expand as single network, with a similar name.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the JV was established in June 2013 and went on to launch in in capital Kigali on 11 November 2014. The telco is obliged to deploy an open-access 4G network to 95% of the African state’s population within three years of launch; the network is currently available in 25 of Rwanda’s 30 districts. ORN offers 4G connectivity to local mobile operators and ISPs on a wholesale basis. All three incumbent cellcos (MTN, Tigo and Airtel) have launched services over ORN’s network, while other companies permitted to resell ORN’s 4G service include: GMAX, Intercom Technologies, 4NetAfrica, Piramie, Twinning in Corporation, Simba Supermarket, TRUCONNECT, POPCONN and Suku NSA.

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