Uganda is to expand internet access using satellite

The Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC) seeks to supplement optic fibre using satellite internet. The authorities confirmed the pilot testing will begin in November, this year. 

Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Director General, said the government has been actively working on the satellite Internet access project together with the International Telecommunication Satellite Organisation (ITSO) and several private companies.The project is now ready to be tested and this will be carried out in several territories across Uganda, starting with the city of Karamoja.

Mutabazi said, “The objective of this operation is to evaluate the effectiveness of this solution, which could then be adopted to supplement optical fibre access, which is still poorly available throughout the country. The test will begin next November.”

The test would allow the government and its partners to determine whether satellite internet could be adopted for commercial public usage in the country, which is important to make a cost-effective decision.

“If the cost of the solution is good, the industry will adopt Internet via satellite and this will be the end of the problem of internet access in Uganda because, unlike satellites, optic fibre cables suffer a lot of damage, require routine maintenance and there is the risk of multiple duplicates,” Mutabazi added.