National Data Transmission Cable Now On Test in Uganda
The first phase of Uganda's National Data Transmission Backbone has been completed and is being tested. The communication infrastructure which was undertaken by the government to enhance Uganda's domestic fibre-optic network as well as ease public administration, and lower costs of the Internet, is now operational according to Dr Ham Mulira, the Minister for Information and Communication Technologies.
"I am delighted to state that phase one of this project which covers Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja and Bombo has been completed and is currently under testing. It should be officially launched very soon," Mulira said.
He was addressing stakeholders in the telecommunication and media at the launch of Teleport East Africa, a new enterprise wireless internet services provider, in Bukoto, on January 18. Mulira said: "The first phase includes linking of all government institutions on the fiber backbone to provide infrastructure which will be used by thee government to provide services to its self and out rightly to the public."
Currently local Internet business centres currently charge a minimum of UShs15 per minute with some up-country internet access points charging up to UShs100 per minute.
Expansion of the cable across the country will cost government at least $106 million which was secured from the China Export-Import Bank on loan. Huawei Technologies is implementing the infrastructure on behalf of Uganda.