Facebook Closes Deal To Install Optical Fiber In Uganda
Facebook and Uganda have not always had the best of relationships. Last August Facebook announced that it would be halting its services in the country, but now, because of the introduction of the tax on social networks, Facebook has changed its mind.
The American company officially signed a partnership agreement with Airtel Uganda, a mobile operator and Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group (BCS), the connectivity supplier specialising in infrastructure installations in East Africa.
The agreement covers the deployment of 800 km of fiber optic in the north-west parts of Uganda.
The partnership agreement was signed by the CEO of Airtel Uganda, Anwar Soussa, CEO of BCS, Yonas Maru and the leader of African Public Policies of Facebook, Kojo Boakye in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of the Uganda Ministry of ICT, Bagiire Vincent Waiswa and the Director General of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Godfrey Mutabazi.
It was announced that regions such as Gulu, Arua, Adjumani, Koboko, Kamdini and Nebbi would now be able to access the Internet as a result of this project.
Anwar Soussa declared that once the project had been completed, it would provide connectivity to cover over 3 million people in Uganda and also enable future cross-border connectivity to neighbouring countries.
Soussa further stated that this would improve performance and would support upgrades to 3G and 4G in places where operators are bandwidth-constrained. He added that the Airtel team believes that the internet is the future and because of this, have invested a lot to ensure that their customers benefit from these new changes.
Godfrey Mutabazi said that ICT is the fastest-growing economic component in Uganda and that this new partnership would be a ground-breaking one for the rural communities of Uganda as they were previously under-served.