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Uganda Telecom In $6.9m Bid

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th April 2003 03:00 AM

UGANDA telecom has obtained through government a $6.9m (about sh12.42bn) grant to undertake the second phase of the Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP) telecommunications component.

UGANDA telecom has obtained through government a $6.9m (about sh12.42bn) grant to undertake the second phase of the Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP) telecommunications component.

By Edris Kisambira
UGANDA telecom has obtained through government a $6.9m (about sh12.42bn) grant to undertake the second phase of the Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP) telecommunications component.
Aldrine Nsubuga, uganda telecom's spokesperson said over the weekend that they had also reached an agreement with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) on the programme scope.
"We are preparing to begin on the second phase of the NURP and we have agreed on the programme scope with government of Uganda and the Norwegian Development Fund, the providers of the credit for this second phase," Nsubuga said in a statement.
Siemens, a Germany phone company, was contracted by uganda telecom to supply, install and commission the equipment.
The statement said the project objective is to provide a telecommunications network of backbone and tertiary transmission links, remote switching/line units and nodes to extend telephone, data, Internet, video and other services to the north which will be efficiently linked to other national telecommunications networks.
The project scope will include supply, works, installation and commissioning of antenna towers, equipment shelters, DC power supply, engine generators, solar power supply as well as high and low capacity microwave transmission links.
Today, about 3,000 people are the only ones able to access communication of any kind in the area.
Nsubuga said that close to 7 million people would benefit in terms of accessing communication services in the region after the commissioning of NURP phase one.
uganda telecom obtained a Belgian grant through the World Bank to implement the first phase of the programme, which, Nsubuga said, is now in its advanced stages.
This includes civil works and renovation of buildings has been going on and is now in advanced stages.
The civil works are about complete and the first phase is to be commissioned before the end of the year," the statement reads in part.
He said on phone that the first phase has been most difficult bit of the project and is almost complete.
"The first phase involves putting the basic infrastructure in place and it will be a lot easier when NURP two starts," Nsubuga said.
The group has in the last couple of months extended its roll-out to the eastern parts of the country and increased its subscriber base. Ends

Uganda Telecom In $6.9m Bid

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