Rohde & Schwarz launches software development lab in Rwanda

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Rohde & Schwarz develops, produces and markets innovative information and communication technology products for professional users. The independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. In addition to its established business areas, Rohde & Schwarz has made substantial investments in future technologies such as 6G, quantum technology, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), artificial intelligence and cloud technology.

Until now, Rohde & Schwarz’s presence on the African continent has been limited to commercial activities. The software lab in the Rwandan capital of Kigali is both the Munich first subsidiary of the company based in the center Africa and also its first R&D site anywhere on the continent.

Pierre RiedelPresident and COO of Rohde & Schwarz, says: “Africa is a huge growing market and Rwanda is a pioneer in digitization. Rohde & Schwarz is committed to long-term growth and stability. “We want to develop products for the global market with our team in Rwandasays Riedel.

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Rohde & Schwarz will cooperate closely with local partners and support the talents of the country. This is another reason why the tech company’s new lab has strong support. The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the President Paul Kagame in the same way Paula IngabireMinister of ICT and Innovation and Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, Minister of Education.

In the spirit of the Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary in Singaporewhich has become a major Asian hub over the past 25 years, the company will continuously expand the new laboratory of Kigali – the next steps will include activities in the field of cybersecurity and the support of local students and engineers. The official opening ceremony, which was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, once again highlighted the importance of this project.

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