The USD5 million to provide communication infrastructure in rural areas is now open to competitive biding through the Uganda Communication Commissions (UCC). The World Bank offered the money two years ago. It will be used to provide telephone infrastructure in 154 sub-counties currently not covered by the two national telephone operators - MTN Uganda and Uganda Telecom. MTN and UTL reach only 772 of the 926 sub counties in the country to date. UCC Executive Director, Mr Patrick Masambu told a stakeholders meeting held at Hotel Africana on April 18 that interested parties were now free to bid for the money. He said bidders intending to provide telecommunications services could now begin submitting bid document.

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