Airtel Mobile services has launched its operations in Rwanda becoming the 3rd ICT operator in the country.
Commenting on Airtel's launch in Rwanda, which is now the 17th African country with the company's services since its establishment 17 years ago in India, the International and joint managing director Manoj Kholi said: "we are delighted to launch our operations and bring Airtel to all the people of Rwanda and we believe that Rwanda is an extremely promising market."
Mr Kholi said the company would endeavour to bring world-class and affordable services to the customers in Rwanda and add value to the economy.
"We are very grateful to the government of Rwanda for giving us the opportunity, and we are committed to contributing to their aim of bringing the digital divide to the country," he added.
Rwanda's Prime Minister Dr Pierre Habumuremyi who presided over Airtel's launching ceremony said: "The government of Rwanda welcomes Airtel as the 5th recognised telecom company worldwide, as it is our policy to partner with the private sector to provide good quality, accessible and affordable telecommunications services."
Dr Habumuremyi added that "we are especially excited about the prospect of connecting Rwanda with the rest of the East African region... As Rwandans being engaging in business ventures and looking for regional partners, telecom companies like Airtel that are able to provide access to a pan-African wireless network become crucial part of expansion."
Airtel's Manager in Rwanda Marcellin Paluku said the company will focus mainly on the rural population by making the services and the mobile handsets affordable.
He added that Airtel will partner with the government of Rwanda in implementing the country's vision 2020, where the telecom company has a goal of securing 8 million mobile phone users and 5 million internet subscribers by 2020.
Airtel Rwanda Limited comes into Rwanda to join two other telecom operators, MTN and Tigo, and has invested over $100 million in its operations over the next three years.