Google Inc. has 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.
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.