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Rwanda debuts smart buses with 4G WiFi and cashless payment

June 07, 2016 · 1 min read
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Transportation in Africa is undergoing a positive metamorphosis that is very exciting in its prospects. Earlier in the year in February, Kiira Motors debuted Africa’s first solar powered bus in Uganda and one month earlier in January, plans were being set in Nigeria for her first ever high-speed train service.

Africa has been plagued with ineffective transportation systems for a very long time now and these innovations are laudable welcome developments.

Recently, the city of Kigali in Rwanda has been rolling out smart buses that offer 4G Wi-Fi,  a Tap and Go card that facilitates cashless payment system.  The cashless system in turn helps to reduce the problems of queues and waiting time.

This cashless system of payment was made created by the AC Group a  Rwandan payments company that facilitate solutions driving a cashless economy. Partick Buchana the 25 year old CEO of AC Group said the analytics that went into getting the model into a working shape was even more exciting.

According to CNN’s Eleni Gioko who conducted a live test of the internet on the bus, the speed was the best in the country.

The Rwandan Minister of Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana said it was part of his plan to ensure that the best quality of internet would not be gotten only on the buses, but all around the country.

Victor Ekwealor

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