The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2012 report has named Rwanda among the top six developing countries in the world that are the most dynamic performers in ICT development.”The most dynamic performers are primarily from the developing world, and include countries from all regions,” reads the report.
Rwanda, Bahrain, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia are the developing nations with strong dynamic ICT markets due to the fact that, they are catching up quickly in efforts to bridge the so-called ‘digital divide’. For the fourth consecutive year, the survey presents two authoritative benchmarking tools to monitor information society developments worldwide. The ICT Development Index (IDI) ranks 155 countries’ performance with regard to ICT infrastructure and uptake and ICT Price Basket (IPB), a metric that tracks and compares the cost and affordability of ICT services in more than 160 countries globally.
Commenting to the report, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwandan Youth and ICT minister, said the government was glad to be one of the most dynamic countries. It is reported that Rwanda jumped seven places to 133rd position in 2012 compared to 140th in 2011.
Rwanda has laid a 2 500-kilometre national fibre optic cable, which is expected to enhance access to various broadband services in the country and the National Data Centre, that hosts both private and all e-Government facilities, solutions, applications and web services.
The country currently relies on three submarine fibre optic cable systems for internet connection such as the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) and SEACOM through local telecommunication companies and Internet Service Providers (ISP’s).
The report also shows that the ICT sector has become a major contributor to economic growth. In 2010, global exports of ICT goods accounted for 12% of world merchandise trade, and as much as 20% in developing countries.