29 October 2009

Rwanda: Balton Eyes One Laptop Per Child Project

Kigali — Balton Rwanda, a subsidiary company of Balton CP, is targeting to support the connection of the one laptop per child project (OLPC) which enables all primary school children to own computers.

This was revealed by the company's General Manager, Bob Gatera, during an interview with the Business Times.

According to Gatera, getting the laptop is one thing and getting connectivity is another.

"It is easy getting computers but connecting them isn't. so we are in negotiations on how we can connect rural areas and we are dealing with the same company that did the same project in Uruguay, so they are experienced," he explained

Balton Rwanda operates five different divisions, including agriculture, communication, electro mechanical Engineering, public health and projects and services.

In agriculture, fertilisers are provided to famers who are trained on how to use their products. In communication, they are the Motorola distributors; they give radio communication equipments, Wi-Fi system and provide solution for telecom companies.

Gatera also said that Balton is the leader in constantly assessing farmers' requirements for seeds, providing fast and cost effective solutions to rural farmers.

"We provide specialist support for greenhouse design, supply and installation and irrigation systems which helps to keep consistent supply of food," he added

Recently MTN Rwanda selected Wavion and Balton Uganda for the deployment of a large scale Wi-Fi network. The new network is based on Wavion WBS-2400 base stations, which will provide high speed wireless connectivity to SMEs and residential users in the capital.

Balton CP has more than 40 years experience in small and large scale project management requiring multi-disciplinary skills and it operates in over thirty 10 countries world wide, it started operations in Rwanda in 2006.

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