Uganda: UCC joins forces with Intelsat and Gilat Satellite Networks to bring telecom services to rural areas

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has signed a partnership agreement with Intelsat SA, the satellite Internet connectivity provider, and Gilat Satellite Networks, the satellite equipment provider, to improve access from rural areas to high-speed telecom services. The telecoms regulator will use the IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 3G service provided by  Intelsat’s 37 th satellite and the SkyEdge II-c multi-application platform from Gilat Satellite Networks.

According to Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of the UCC, ”  Expanding broadband connectivity and providing fast and affordable Internet services to everyone in Uganda are among the Ugandan government’s main missions. With over 80% of our population living in rural areas, this represents a technological and budgetary challenge. Through this combined effort and the innovative approach that businesses are taking, we believe that the citizens of some of our most isolated communities will soon experience the power of reliable connectivity and the economic and social benefits it provides.  ” .

MTN Technical Director Gordon Kyomukama said the telecom company will benefit from this collaboration between UCC, Intelsat SA and Gilat Satellite Networks to expand its network. ”  At MTN, extending the footprint of our network and services to ensure we connect more people has been and remains a priority for our company. As part of this strategy, we are looking for new and innovative ways to effectively extend our network to rural areas because we believe that every society deserves to be connected. In doing so, we take advantage of all the technologies at our disposal,  “he said.

Source: Agence Ecofin