4G mobile internet to reshape sectorâ€™s data market
After its launch last week on Tuesday, the 4GLTE mobile internet has recorded a rise in subscriptions, paving yet another savvy move to reshape the countryâ€™s telecoms sectorâ€™s data market.
The data has been seen as the sectorâ€™s next money minting market for telecoms after suffering dwindling voice revenues that were suffocated by reduced call tariffs due to a heated competition.
Launched by Tigo Rwanda during the transform Africa2015 in Kigali, the 4G mobile subscriptions have picked up as Tongai Maramba, generalÂ manager of Tigo notes that the subscriptions indicates a demand for data.
â€œThe recent availing of 4G LTE Services makes it easy and affordable for everyone to experience the high speed internet service,â€ he talked to this website on Monday.
He adds, â€œLast week, Transform Africa came as the most appropriate platform to officially present the new access to the entire ICT community combined.â€
The sectorâ€™s number two in subscriber base, Tigo announced last week that it is investing more in data to be able to meet the increasing demand for data mainly on mobile phones.
Experts say that such a move create yet another tight completion among the three operators, enabling consumers to benefit which will see a more decline in data charges.
Â Currently, 4G internet is still provided in packages with a daily pack going for Rwf 1,400 RW for 1.4GB and 2,400 Rwf for 2.4GB while a weekly pack goes for Rwf 6,000 forÂ 5.5.GB and Rwf 8000 for 7.5GB.
â€œThere are no other costs attached to setting up the 4G service on mobile,â€ Tongai noted painting a positive picture as opposed recent fears that 4G internetÂ is expensive and hectic to setup.
There were fears that 4G mobile internet is expensive as well as hectic toÂ Â maintain on mobile phones which had delayed its rollout on mobile phones since its launch last year.