UCC, Intelsat Partnership to Provide Cheaper Internet

By Drake Nyamugabwa

The Partnership between Uganda Communication (UCC) and Intelsat, a South African Satellite telecommunications company is to yield into better and cheaper internets services after signing a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) that entails better and cheap internet.

The Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi has said that in two-month time, Uganda will probably have better internet access and will resume the use of satellites, as a way of increasing access to better and cheaper internet for the general public; which he says will work alongside the other available sources of internet.

“We are already in talks and probably in 2 months, we will launch the satellites. We are already in talks with intelsat and all preparations for the signing of this MoU have already started. We hope this can reduce the cost of internet and more Ugandans can be able to access internet,’’ Mutabazi said.

He was speaking at the East African Communications Organizations 22nd Congress that is intended to help EAC states intercommunicate for quicker integration and better service delivery to the communities held at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi last week.

Mutabazi noted that Uganda being a land locked country, it have has been getting most of its internet from Kenya, a thing that might be causing the high cost of internet as well as the poor network. “In the state, we were using satellites but they became expensive. The cable internet was introduced, and now wirelesses. However, the satellite companies have realized that if they do not reduce their prices, they are going to be erased out of the market. Now they want back in the market with better and cheaper internet and we have to take advantage,” Mutabazi explained.

According to the Minister of ICT, Frank Tumwebaze who officially opened the conference, Uganda is committed to reduce internet coast to be at par with the costs levied to internet subscribers by EAC member states.

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