Uganda: Government to Spend Shs50 Billion On Western Internet Connection


Ugandan Government will spend $15m (about Shs49.9b) on extending National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) from Kampala to Masaka, Mutukula, Mbarara, Kabale and Kyenjojo and Masindi areas.

This was revealed by the executive director National Information Technology Authority of Uganda, James Saaka, during a workshops held yesterday at Igongo Culture Centre and Country Hotel in Mbarara last week.

The meeting was attended by leaders from Mbarara, Kiruhura, Lyantonde and Ntungamo districts.

Mr Saaka said the aim of the project is to connect all major towns within the country onto an optical cable fibre-based network, connect ministries and government departments onto the e-government network. He said when completed, the NBI/EGI project will give uninterrupted and ensure communication in government institutions and high speed internet connectivity.

This will facilitate provision of e-government services such as online education, e-tax and Integrated Financial Management System in all districts.

The district chairperson Mbarara, Mr Deus Tumusiime, said the project is good because it enables timely communication and will lessen the cost of doing business.

Mr Cyril Tuhame, the Mbarara Senior Information Scientist, said the district is spending Shs540,000 every month on the internet. He said the project will reduce the cost.

The project has already been implemented in Kampala, Entebbe, Bombo, Mukono, Jinja, Luwero, Nakasongora, Masindi, Gulu, Elegu, Lira, Soroti, Kumi, Malaba, Tororo, Busia, Kasese, Fort Portal and Kyenjojo.
Source: The Monitor