The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has announced a reduction in the price of internet bandwidth for Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to $35 per Mbps from $70 Mbps through the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) effective Aug. 1st.
The Minister for ICT and National Guidance Hon. Chris Baryomunsi said the price reduction means government offices connected to the NBI will consume the internet at the lowest price in the market.
This landmark achievement solidifies the government`s position as the undisputed market leader in setting Internet prices. With this bold move, NITA-U will drive substantial savings on the government’s communication budget, catalyze the adoption of e-Government Services, and deepen digitization while paving the way for improved access to online services for citizens.
“At NITA-U we’ve been working hard to consistently lower the cost of internet bandwidth in Uganda especially for government institutions since they provide onward services to ordinary citizens and the private sector,” said Dr. Hatwib Mugasa, Executive Director NITA-U. “We are happy that we have maintained our long-term plans to lower bandwidth prices’.”
Consequently, the use of the NBI as a secure highspeed network for the government has led to lowering the cost of communication across the government and further enabled the extension of the geographic reach of broadband networks across the country and altogether Improved the government’s efficiency and transparency through e-Government applications.
The National Backbone now extends to all regions of the country spanning 4,300km extending connectivity to around 1466 Government offices, 53 districts, and 9 border points.