Uganda: government tests provision of satellite Internet access to supplement fiber optic access

Uganda: government tests provision of satellite Internet access to supplement fiber optic access

The government of Uganda has decided to test the provision of satellite Internet access in specific areas of its territory. The objective of this operation is to evaluate the effectiveness of this solution, which could then be adopted to supplement optical fiber access, which is still poorly available across the country. The test that will begin next November will target the city of Karamoja.

According to Godfrey Mutabazi, the Director General of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the government has been working for several months on this satellite Internet access project with the International Telecommunication Satellite Organization ITSO) and private companies.

He spoke on the topic September 6, 2017 on the sidelines of the 11 th   annual edition of the Capacity Africa conference, has housed the country. ”  If the cost of the solution is good, the industry will adopt the Internet via satellite and this will be the end of the problem because, unlike satellites, the cable suffers a lot of damage, requires a lot of maintenance and multiple duplicates “.

Source: Agence Ecofin



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