Rwanda launches its 1st satellite to improve Internet service


KIGALI, March 2 – Rwanda in partnership with a UK based communications company OneWeb on Wednesday successfully launched the country’s first satellite into space, Rwandan Ministry of ICT and Innovation said Thursday.

The satellite has been successfully sent to space, Gordon Kalema, director general of digital transformation at the ministry said while briefing reporters about the launch in Rwandan capital Kigali. The successful deployment of Rwanda’s first ever satellite “Icyerekezo,” which means “vision” in English, is an exciting milestone, said Kalema.

The satellite will enable the Rwandan government to connect internet to more remote schools across the country, providing better education and creating new opportunities for innovators, he said.

Rwanda plans to launch another satellite into the orbit before the end of this year in partnership with them Japanese government, according to the ICT ministry.  (Xinhua)