Rwanda is to have 4G internet on all public buses by 2019, according to an announcement by the nation’s Minister of Infrastructure, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye. The government aims to have WiFi installed on all Kigali bus routes by this coming January and then extend the 4G service to all other routes by the end of 2019.
There was a 3G internet service provided by government and transport operators from 2013 on City of Kigali buses, but the 5 year contract has now expired. A new deal has been agreed between Rwanda and IT companies for the roll-out of the 4G internet service on buses, which will also have on-board screens.
New Smart bus shelters with WiFi access will be constructed and commuters will be able to pay electronically for bus fares with the introduction of electronic bus cards.
The Infrastructure Minister also announced that government will be widening roads in the capital Kigali and that there will be dedicated lanes for buses. He went on to explain that these developments are meant to ensure that public transport is the preferred option and one which is reliable, safe and comfortable.
The Rwandan government intends to reduce waiting time for passengers by 50%, reducing the typical 30 minutes wait to only 15 minutes.