National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure Launched
The National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and Electronic Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) was launched on 7th October, 2011 at Statistics House, Kampala by the Vice President of Uganda, H.E. Edward Ssekandi.
The Minister for ICT, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda (Dr.) and the State Minister for ICT (Hon. Nyombi Thembo) were also present and accompanied by Dr. Jimmy Pat Saamanya (Permanent Secretary - Ministry of ICT) and Members of Parliament of the ICT sessional committee.
In order for the investment in this NBI to be harnessed fully, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should start utilizing the backbone for voice and video communications, email and internet bandwidth. This measure will ensure that Ugandan taxpayers will be the first to benefit from the NBI through improved service delivery and the reduction of public expenditure through bulk purchase of internet bandwidth.
The NBI/EGI project has been implemented with a loan from the Chinese Government and technical expertise from Huwei.
The project was implemented in the following phases:
- • First Phase (Complete) - Kampala, Bombo, Entebbe and Jinja
- • Second phase (Complete) - linking to the border with Kenya and extending up to Kabale in the South West.
- • Third phase (Ongoing) - connecting to MONUC in Entebbe, setting up 3 transmission sites linking Masaka, Ntungamo, Kabale up to Katuna (South western point to Rwanda boarder) and establishing a network operating center (NOC).
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