Many schools in the rural parts of Rwanda are without proper road networks and electricity, making it difficult to acquire internet connectivity.

As part of measures to ease these difficulties, the Rwandan government and a UK based company, OneWeb, on Wednesday launched the first ever satellite that will connect remote schools to the internet.

At exactly 23:38, the much-anticipated satellite was sent into orbit from a spaceport on the Atlantic coast of French Guiana, reports The New Times.

According to the Rwandan government, the global satellite shows its commitment to building the local space industry and local capacity, as well as, preparing the country into a hyper-connected future.

The first school to benefit from the broadband satellite is Group Secondary St Pierre, a school located in Nkombo Island.

According to local media, the school’s location had made it very costly and inefficient to be connected to standard fibre connections. Thus, a satellite is the best solution to get it connected to the internet.

The global communication firm’s partnership with Rwanda will ultimately enable orbiting satellites to connect more schools in remote areas across Rwanda.

Nicknamed ‘Icyerekezo’ by students of the school, the broadband satellite is just one of the first six satellites to be launched by the UK company. The telecom giant has announced plans of installing 650 more satellites in public facilities across the globe

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