MAKERERE UNIVERSITY GETS USD65,000 FOR INTERNET

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Makerere University recently received a USD65,000 (about sh120m) grant from the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation to boost the quality of its Internet service under VSAT technology. The University's director of Information Technology (IT), Dr. Francis Tusubira, on Monday said the fund would reduce MUK's exorbitant cost of accessing the internet.

"Makerere currently pays $28,000 (over sh50m) per month for internet access," Tusubira said. The money is paid to the Internet Service Providers, MTN-Uganda and Uganda Telecom. Through the VSAT, Makerere is to double its internet link from the 2.5mbps (mega bytes per second) to 5mbps. He said the slow internet speed restricts students from accessing online publications.