More Africa NewsUganda: regulator seeks partners to provide internet connectivity to 50 schools

December 6, 2023by myles0

The Ugandan government wants to accelerate the adoption of the Internet in the country to support its digital transformation ambitions. According to the latest official statistics, Uganda has 27 million Internet service subscribers with a penetration rate of 59%.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on Tuesday, December 5, said it had floated a tender for the provision of internet connectivity to 50 schools across the country. The regulator expects offers from interested companies no later than January 8, 2024. The award and signing of contracts is scheduled for February 29.

This initiative is part of the “Internet Connectivity Program” implemented by UCC and funded through the Uganda Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCUSAF). In total, some 180 schools are planned to be connected to the Internet. Libraries are also targeted.

This initiative is expected to “  promote inquiry-based learning, provide timely access to diverse information and knowledge, and enhance interactive teaching and learning experiences  .”

Recall that this program is part of the broader framework of the Ugandan government’s ambition to accelerate digital transformation with a view to supporting economic recovery, creating unlimited opportunities for youth and achieving “Vision 2040”.

Last March, the executive secured 1.8 trillion shillings (US$473.04 million) in funding from the World Bank to expand internet access in the country. Kampala is also set to borrow $150 million from China Eximbank to develop its internet infrastructure after the World Bank suspended funding for new projects in the country .

Source: Agence Ecofin

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