Kigezi gets internet connection boost

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The National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), in collaboration with the World Bank, has commissioned the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP) in the Kigezi sub-region, which is expected to expand connectivity and the use of the Internet to the inhabitants of the region.

The transmission site for the project was unveiled at Kabale Central Police Station on Wednesday.

During the launch, Dr. Nabila Habika, Chairperson of NITA-U Board, noted that CHIN has extended this infrastructure to more than 39 ministries, departments and agencies, hospitals and schools in the Kigezi sub-region, which has significantly improved service delivery.

She revealed that the transmission sites amplify the broadband signal from point to point and allow broadband access to entities in the district or region. It is one of 3 solar-powered sites that transmit quality fast and reliable internet broadband in the Kigezi sub-region.

A total of 725 additional MDA/DLG sites and target user groups were connected to the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI). with all sites connected to solar energy.

Johns Murangira, the director of ICT at Kabale University, said e-learning could not have been successful if it was not for NITA U, especially during the covid-19 lockdown where he there were no physical classes.

“NITA-U’s connectivity to Kabale University has given us a platform to compete favorably with other local and international universities.” Said Murangira.

Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of Information and Communication Technology and National Guidance, in his message read out by Kabale LC5 President, Nelson Nshangabasheija, said that the ICT sector has become an inevitable tool for socio-economic development.

“As the government of Uganda, we are deeply honored to take this important step in the economic development of this country,” he said.

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