UGANDAN RURAL TELECOMS FUND OPENS FOR BUSINESS, LOOKS FOR INVESTORS

Telecoms

Uganda has initiated a Rural Communications Development Programme (RCDP) and Fund, through which it hopes to stimulate investment in the sector. The programme, launched last week, is partly sponsored by the World Bank and is expected to result in quality and affordable modern telecommunications services before the end of this year, raising the country’s teledensity to one phone per 100 people.

Funds are be released to a private company to install 70 payphones in several subcounties currently not served by the national operators but where their signal is received. An Internet point-of-presence (POP), a telecentre and ICT training facility and a website will be created for 26 of the country’s 56 districts.The websites will be up and running by May, and the other services are expected to be available by the end of September.

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The East African