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Gov’t Moves to Launch Internet connectivity to the West Nile Region

President Museveni is Saturday expected to launch phase four of the National Back bone infrastructure project (NBI) in Koboko district, Northern Uganda, Chimp Corps report.

The event, which will be held at St Charles Secondary School, will bring together top Government policy makers from key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and leaders and decision makers in the West Nile region.

Under phase four, the NBI will extend to the districts of Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Katakwi and the boarder points of, Oraba, Vurra and Mpondwe.

James Saaka, Executive Director at the National Information Technology Authority said the planned activities would help the country achieve internet connectivity in the West Nile Region as well as reducing Internet costs

“Phase four will bring public services closer to the Citizens in those areas with 100 Government offices in the areas of West Nile and Karamoja are to be connected. These include but not limited to Local Governments, hospitals, schools, universities, among others that are within a 1km radius from the Missing Links cable route or Point of Presence.  These are additional connections will lower internet costs from 70 USD to 50 USD per Mbps per month,” he said.

President Museveni has previously criticized high internet costs in Uganda which continue to hinder growth of the ICT industry and by extension the economy.

The Government of Uganda, through (NITA – U) has implemented the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project.

Officials say the overall objective of this project is to create a secure high speed network that connects all Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), District Local Governments (DLGs), municipal councils, hospital and schools; lower the cost of communication across Government and Spur the development of online Government services.

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To date, NITA-U has extended connectivity to four hundred and fourteen (414) Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) sites which include MDAs, hospitals, District Local Governments and public universities among others.

The cost of internet Bandwidth for Government has reduced from 300 USD per Mbps per month in 2016 to 70 USD per Mbps per month which has translated into a competitive advantage, with internet pricing being 56 percent cheaper when bench-marked against the regional pricing and therefore more affordable for Ugandans.

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