Business
Internet efficiency up despite vandalism of cables
Publish Date: Feb 10, 2014
Internet efficiency up despite vandalism of cables
Uganda now has over four million internet subscribers.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Edward Kayiwa 

UGANDA is now 10th biggest Internet user in Africa with over four million subscribers, the head of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi, has said.

Mutabaazi attributed the growth to increased circulation of smart phones on the market, distribution of computers to schools and competition in the telecommunication sector.

“We want to expand online access to cover all government schools in the next three years,” Mutabaazi said.

“The country is doing so well in Internet access and connectivity, so we hope to hit six million users by the end of this year,” he added.

Mutabaazi was addressing journalist at the launch of the fourth Annual Communications Innovations Awards (ACIA) at the UCC offices in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb.

The awards were started in 2010 to promote research and ICT development by recognising outstanding innovators. 

Mutabaazi, however, complained that there is rampant vandalism and cutting of Internet cables, as well as theft of machinery, which affects service efficiency.

According to UCC, 13% of Ugandans use the Internet. Almost 60% of Web traffic in Uganda is from mobile devices such as smart phones and laptops.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Access to finance biggest obstacle for MSMES
The biggest obstacle to business growth faced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Uganda is access to finance, according to a survey released by FSD Uganda...
UNRA earmarks sh1.5bn for skills development
As the government moves to spend more on infrastructural development, UNRA has earmarked $500,000 (about sh1.5b) to register engineers in the country....
CSOs call for gov’t action on depreciating shilling
Civil society actors have expressed concern over the high US dollar-Ugandan shilling exchange rate, saying if ignored, it will have a negative impact on the implementation of the 2014/2015 financial budget....
Reflexologists granted permission to sue govt for loss
The Commercial Court in Kampala has granted reflexologists permission to sue government for losses suffered when a ban was imposed on their activities on March 24, 2011....
MPs demand accountability for sh5b for curbing banana wilt
MEMBERS of Parliament have demanded accountability from the Minister of Agriculture regarding sh5b allocated for fighting banana bacterial wilt in the country....
Museveni in China for Asian economic forum
President Yoweri Museveni is in the Chinese City Island of Hainan in Sanya for the BOAO Forum for the Asia Annual Conference....
Will the ban of food vendors help eliminate typhoid?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter