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> Subject: Associated Press - Rwanda signs Internet deal with MCI
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> By The Associated Press
> Rwanda signs Internet deal with MCI
> KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda is revamping its war-torn telecommunications system
> and will soon be on the Internet through a deal with MCI Communications,
> the head of state-run Rwandatel said Friday.
> Few private individuals here own personal computers. But there are numerous
> United Nations and government agencies, as well as international aid
> organizations and embassies that want the opportunity to log on.And, as in
> other countries in Africa, Rwanda's lone university will be able to use the
> Internet to provide its students with a link to the outside world.
> Sam Nkuzi, head of Rwandatel, said the state-run phone company was
> upgrading its entire network for the Internet and because of increased
> demand. A satellite link for providing Internet access would be working
> within a week, and Rwandatel as well as two local access providers would
> offer connections, he said.
> Nkuzi did not elaborate on the deal with MCI.
> "The only worry will be people knowing how to use it," he said. "It's not
> something you can learn overnight."
> In July 1994, Rwanda's telecommunications network was in shambles at the
> end of a four-year civil war and genocide that left half a million minority
> Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus dead and the country's infrastructure
> in ruins.
> With a per capita annual income of less than $100, the tiny central African
> nation is one of the poorest countries in the world.
> Despite their own internal problems, Rwanda's central African neighbors --
> Congo, Uganda and Burundi -- have been moving ahead in telecommunications.
> Congo and Burundi have cellular telephone networks, and Uganda has been on
> the Internet for several years.
> Copyright 1997 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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