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Google Press Release (Google announces partnership with Rwandan Government and Kenya Education Network )

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

Monday, March 19, 2007
17 years ago2,420 views

Mountain View, Calif., Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya, March 19,
2007 — Google Inc. today announced separate partnerships with the
Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network
(KENET). As a result, Rwanda’s educational institutions and government
ministries, and Kenya’s universities are starting to use Google Apps™
– Google’s set of hosted and customizable communications services.
Students in both African countries as well as Rwandan government
officials will have access to free communications tools including
email, shared calendars, instant messaging and word processing under
their institutions’ domain names.

Rwandan Minister of State for Energy and Communications, The Hon
Albert Butare, said: “This partnership will be a boost in terms of
services offered to our Rwandan Academic Institutions, allowing them
to collaborate in their learning activities. Furthermore, I believe
communication between students and their lecturers will be enhanced as
users throughout the country will now be using the same state-of-the-
art, cutting edge technology that is available in other parts of the

Three Rwandan universities – the National University of Rwanda, the
Kigali Institute for Education and the Kigali Institute for Science
and Technology – will initially have access to Google Apps Education
Edition, while the country’s government ministries will be using
Google Apps Standard Edition. During this first phase, around 20,000
users in Rwanda will have access to these services. A broader
countywide rollout will follow shortly afterwards.

The University of Nairobi’s 50,000 students will be the first to be
offered Google Apps for Education in Kenya. These services will then
be extended to 150,000 Kenyan students at universities across the
country. The rollout will be jointly coordinated by Google and KENET.

Shona Brown, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Google
added: “Google has a simple ambition – to help organize the world’s
information, making it universally accessible and useful. For us,
universality is crucial because we believe everyone should have access
to the same services – wherever they live, whatever their language and
regardless of income. I am delighted that we have signed this deal and
look forward to working with other African governments to make life-
enhancing services like free email, instant messaging and PC-to-PC
phone calls more widely available across Africa.”

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

<<the country’s government ministries will be using Google Apps Standard Edition>>

No way. Aren't they supposed to have access to secret documents? I don't think it's a good idea to risk so much.

Chisamis [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

That I think is the wildest stupid thing I have ever heard of in our stupid world AFRICA I oftnely thought that there are some ethings which we are supposed to do by ourselves without ever including the world GIANTS but it is a SUPRI _CEE to me , to you , to we, to...............the list is endless youn coount them if you can but me........Africa yoo!
Drop the idea or we will have global giants spying on us
In everything thatwe do, we eat, we.....even in the loo

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