Digital Empowerment Initiative for Eastern Africa welcomes Government’s plan to improve Internet connectivity and broadband services in line with regional initiatives.
Kampala 1st/December/2015 Digital Empowerment Initiative for Eastern Africa (DEIEA) welcomes Government’s plan to improve Internet connectivity and broadband services but we warn that the funds to be borrowed should be invested in the intended purpose.
The plan followed the Parliament of Uganda to approve the government’s request to borrow US$75m (sh260b) from the World Bank. According to the government, the funds will finance the Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (RCIP) and to improve Internet connectivity and broadband services in line with regional initiatives
“The plan is coming at a right time. Well as Uganda is ranked among the fastest growing country in Africa with Internet use at 17% per annum, it’s among countries with the lowest bandwidth standing at 150mbp compared to Kenya whose bandwidth is at 1GB”. Said Charlotte Busingye, DEIEA Marketing and hosting manager
She added that Uganda needs a terrestrial backbone infrastructure to ensure access to the submarine cables across East and Southern Africa to the region and purchasing of broadband capacity for domestic, regional and international among other things.
DEIEA appeals to the government to look into aspects that will make Uganda’s Internet affordable and accessible by citizens including to reduce taxes on devices and Internet equipment, provide enough incentives to Internet Service Providers and telecom companies among others.
We call upon the World Bank to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation systems that will ensure that loans given out to developing nations are strictly used for the original purpose.
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