The National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) is set to power the much-anticipated ICT Innovations Expo 2019 with free Wi-Fi.
The development is a big boost for the event where innovators, content developers, funders and ICT industry players will converge to showcase indigenous knowledge products.
The Expo, which officials say will be the largest ICT event ever staged in Uganda, will be held at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT), Nakawa ON December 17, 2019.
President Museveni is expected to officiate the event which will also attract Uganda’s development partners, chief executives, bureaucrats, university students and celebrities.
NITA-U’s publicist, Steven Kirenga, told ChimpReports on Wednesday morning the agency will provide free internet of “up to 1Gbps of speed.”
He emphasised: “This means that on that day, the world famous 5G speeds will be available for all the exhibitors and visitors. Fast doesn’t cover it, super-super fast is a more apt description.”
Asked about the reliability of the internet service, Kirenga observed: “The Wi-Fi will be delivered over the always-on ICT Backbone. Ugandans can be assured that the Wi-Fi internet will be on. Reliability is a feature of the ICT backbone and not just one-off. So we shall provide what we always do, an internet experience you can depend on.”
On Tuesday, Minister Tumwebaze said the ICT Ministry is pushing for a policy that requires all government institutions to provide free Wi-Fi at their premises.
The Minister emphasised the role of technology in facilitating business dynamism, strong institutional pillars, a vibrant innovation ecosystem and societal well-being of ordinary citizens.
He said generating advanced technologies and leveraging the full productive capacity of a digital economy would not only help in addressing inefficiency and corruption but also see Uganda gain a strategic competitive advantage.
At the event, said Kirenga, internet users will “see the Wi-Fi name, NITA-Free-Wi-Fi, and just connect to it. As simple as that.”
The ICT sector has contributed over Shs 14.2tn in direct sector revenues over the last five years to the Ugandan government, according to official records. This figure is projected to grow to Shs 18tn in the next five years.