Following the internet slowdown caused by the service disruption on three major undersea cables on the East African coast, the Rwandan telecoms regulator, RURA, and ICT ministry, have issued a directive that requires internet providers in the country to share bandwidth.
According to a report on Kenyan news website The East African, the purpose of the new requirements is for providers to give their customer seamless redundancy and guaranteed service when there are major disruptions of international bandwidth.
“All operators will be required to provide a guaranteed level of service to their client by accessing the pool bandwidth in the event of major catastrophes,” Dr. Ignace Gatare, the Rwandan Minister in charge of ICT is quoted in the article. “It also ensures efficient management of Rwanda internet resources. The regulator will ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth in the country to meet our national requirements”