Tumwebaze Roots for Satellite Technology

Information and ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze has challenged the Northern Corridor member States to ponder on the use of satellite technology in the region.

Tumwebaze argued that extension of optic fibre networks has many limitations such as geographical terrain and needs to be bolstered by satellites.

“This could be an issue to report to our heads of State, ask ” said Tumwebaze. He was Friday addressing the ICT Cluster meeting of the Northern Corridor Infrastructure Project (NCIP) at Kampala Serena Hotel.

“Satellite remains the most reliable technology for communication despite being expensive. Every country is aspiring to develop nuclear technology. We should ask our leaders to endorse it (satellite technology), pharmacy ” said Tumwebaze.

A Kenyan official told the meeting that his country would soon beam satelite techonology throughout all the constituencies.

The meeting saw top ICT officials from Uganda, tadalafil Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan evaluate the progress in regard to implementation of key infrastructure projects as directed by regional leaders. Some of the key issues included cyber security.

Participants of the Northern Corridor Infrastructure Project in  attendance.
Participants of the Northern Corridor Infrastructure Project in attendance.

Experts are expected to work out an action plan for a cyber security MoU by mid December.

Rwandan officials said the new ICT Law passed by Parliament has provisions that protect critical infrastructure.


It also emerged that Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have already built fibre optic networks up to their respective neighbours’ borders and are awaiting the legal frameworks to facilitate interconnectivity.

Member States further brainstormed on price caps for internet data, with Ugandan private operators saying such a move would hurt their revenue prospects.

Participants spoke about limits of money transfers across the region, proposing harmonised financial caps on money exchanges.

Members further urged a swift implementation of the One Area Network and interoperability of mobile platforms.

South Sudan representatives said they would have done more in this regard but were hampered by infrastructural challenges.

Officials further called for fasttracking the procurement and implementation of intelligent networks to combat grey traffic hindering growth in the telecom market.

Resolution of today’s meeting will inform decisions of the Northern Corridor Summit leaders at the next head of state summit.

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