President Museveni has today commissioned the Fourth Phase of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and eGovernment Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) in Moroto.
Phase Four project was launched in May 2019 and was successfully completed in March 2020 connecting districts of Moroto, Napak, Katakwi, Moyo, Yumbe, Adjumani, Koboko, Maracha, Arua, Nebbi and Packwach onto the National Backbone.
Additionally, regional connectivity was achieved with the Democratic Republic of Congo with connections at Goli, Vurra and Mpondwe while with South Sudan Oraba was added to the existing connection at Elegu. With this, Uganda is now a fully-fledged communications hub with the seven major border posts of Uganda with its neighboring countries all connected to the NBI further strengthening regional ties.
Phase 4 of the NBI/EGI Project, implemented under the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program under the World Bank, has built onto the earlier implemented phases of the project to deliver a high capacity data network across the country specifically to the West Nile and Karamoja Region.
Key milestones achieved in the Project include building of the Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) Link from Kasese to Mpondwe, Karuma to Arua and Soroti to Moroto. Additionally, over 100 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) were added to the National Backbone Infrastructure bring the current total of co to 603 MDAs.
NITA–U is currently implementing the “Last Mile Project” that will see over 700 Government offices connected to the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) and a set-up of 300 Wi-Fi hotspots across 58 districts. The Last Mile Project aims at achieving it’s full potential through connecting internet to the final consumer.