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The Rwanda Media Hub, the first incubator for digital media and media production enterprises in East Africa, will today be launched by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR).

The media incubator with $450,000 (about Rwf301m) in seed funding will support local media entrepreneurs with access to seed grants, office space and mentoring to help foster a vibrant media in the country.

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Rwanda has made major strides toward achieving gender equality in information and communication technology, thanks to the numerous awareness campaigns and other programmes in the country.

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According to an article published on the World Bank blog, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, has been dubbed the “digital president” by international organizations, journalists, and politicians alike. A recent article in Wired Magazine provides a compelling review of numerous technology initiatives that President Kagame has spearheaded in the last decade, making it clear why he’s been given this title. The Rwandan government has been making a concerted effort to create a culture of innovation by investing in technology, infrastructure, and the skills of the Rwandan people, as demonstrated by various projects such as the One Laptop per Child Program and the launch of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R), which offers a Master of Science degree in Information Technology along with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In the last year alone, the government of Rwanda struck a 4G Internet deal with a South Korean telecoms firm that will lead to high-speed broadband for 95% of Rwandan citizens within three years. This is all part of an effort to transform Rwanda into a knowledge-based economy.

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According to the article in AllAfrica.com, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said his administration will use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to transform Kenya and improve the lives of its citizens. The President said ICT is no longer a luxury but a powerful tool that will help address most of the problems facing Kenya and Africa at large.

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Accoridng to an article published on allAfrica.com, mobile phone subscribers have reached over 6.7 million, with 63.7 per cent of the population able to access a mobile phone, according to the latest figures from Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura).

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Steady climb in Rwandan mobile penetration

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According to an article published on BIZTECH AFRICA, Rwanda’s mobile subscriber numbers now top 6.7 million, for a mobile penetration of 63.7%.

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According to an article published on allAfrica.com, girls currently working in ICT explained to younger girls from various secondary schools in Nyamagabe the importance of embracing ICT, sharing their expertise to incite them to love technology.

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Accoridng to an article published on allAfrica.com, the government has started a new initiative that seeks to apply the power of ICT in the development agenda to transform the social and economic development of the country.

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An interesting article is published inThe New Times by Sarah Kwihangana and Jean De La Croix Tabaro.

The information and telecommunication technology sector is believed to improve business transactions and communication in society, but Rwandans say the new technology tools have been leading to moral degeneration amongst the youth while also promoting theft. Emmanuel Mbonabucya, the project manager of Circuit Power LTD, a company that deals in electronics has been using internet to import generators, air conditioners and fuel dispensing pumps for three years.

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Rwanda mobile penetration tops 57%

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According to the original article published online in BIZTECH Africa, Rwanda now has over 6 million mobile subscribers, for a penetration of 57%, according to the latest statistics from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA).

In the latest statistics, for the first quarter of the year, RURA says Rwanda has a total of 6,039,615 mobile subscribers. MTN Rwandacell has the lion’s share, with 3,452,182; followed by Tigo with 1,806,271 and Airtel with 781,162. RURA also noted that 54.6% of subscribers had registered their SIM cards to date. The national SIM registration exercise kicked off in February this year.

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In Rwanda pupils who benefited from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project are looking forward to develop applications.
Primary six and four pupils of Groupe Scolaire Gisozi demonstrated this resolve, on Thursday, as the national co-coordinator of OLPC project, Nkubito Bakuramutsa, toured the school to assess the project implementation. The Gasobo-based institution received about 964 XO laptops, among them 14 were for teachers and 950 for pupils, and is one of the schools where OLPC project has been implemented."Everything has its own time; concentration on other lessons comes first. My free time is dedicated to learning computer skills," said Shaddrack Niyonkuru, a Primary Six pupil.

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