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Libyan-owned Rwandatel plans to import more GSM-enabled mobile phones in response to growing demand in the local market. Rwandatel’s U120 handsets manufactured by Huawei sold-out a month after their introduction on the local market. According to Patrick Kariningufu, Rwandatel’s chief executive officer, the phones are expected in the country in the next three to four weeks. Rwandatel launched its GSM and W-CDMA network in early December 2008 after its acquisition by LAP Green Network a subsidiary of Libyan African Portfolio. Within the first week it recorded over 55,000 wireless subscribers, increasing to 120,000 in the first three weeks. According to allAfrica.com, the company is set to construct 86 masts by end of February in order to improve its national network coverage.
After the launch of Rwandatel’s GSM Network, it has signed up 120,000 subscribers in three weeks of its operation. The company holds 2G, 3G, and GSM technology early this month, after its acquisition by LAP Green networks a subsidiary of Libyan African Portfolio.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Patrick Kariningufu, revealed that this figure reflected the level of the ‘active subscribers’ Rwandatel had as of 21th December 2008. Kariningufu, further said that ‘the progress is good so far’, while attributing the unexpected number of subscribers within three weeks of operations to better network and service delivery. ‘Our network is getting better every single day and the call tariffs are low compared to our competitors, not forgetting the 100 percent top-up bonus’, adding that,’our 3G mobile phones sold as low as Rwf19, 000 with a lot of features such as radio and web browsing, and this has also brought about an increase in the number of subscribers’.
At present, Rwandatel’s only rival; MTN Rwandacell has slightly more than 1 million subscribers. It is anticipated that there will be a stiff competition in Rwanda’s Telecom market next year after the regulator named the third national operator after an international competitive bidding of which Millicom emerged the winner.