Airtel Africa has introduced a budget-friendly 4G smartphone in Rwanda. This move comes as part of the ConnectRwanda 2.0 initiative, in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda.
With the objective of fostering digital inclusion and empowerment, Airtel Africa aims to equip over 1 million Rwandans with advanced LTE smartphones by 2024.
“Our involvement in this transformative initiative signifies our dedication to reshaping Rwanda’s digital landscape and inspiring its people. This partnership underscores our steadfast commitment to the government’s digitalization agenda and our conviction that digital empowerment is integral to socioeconomic advancement. The introduction of this affordable smartphone will pave the way for new avenues in education, commerce, and connectivity, ultimately propelling economic growth and innovation.” Said Segun Ogunsanya, the Group CEO of Airtel Africa, at a press conference held in Kigali preceding the 2023 Mobile World Congress.
Priced at 20,000 Rwandan Francs [USD 16.5] along with a nominal monthly fee of 1,000 Rwandan Francs [USD 0.8], the affordable smartphone package also includes 1GB of daily data and unrestricted calls to any network in Rwanda, thereby enhancing accessibility to connectivity like never before.
During the press conference, Hon. Paula Ingabire, Rwanda’s Minister of ICT, represented by Mr. Gordon Kalema, the Director General of Digital Transformation in the Ministry, emphasized the significance of the initiative.
He stated that all government bodies are striving to digitize their operations by 2024 and therefore, this initiative plays a vital role in achieving this ambitious target.