Uganda’s Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Chris Baryomunsi, has announced a significant step to boost internet accessibility in the country. During a news conference in Kampala, held in partnership with the National Information Technology Authority (NITA), the minister declared a remarkable 50% reduction in the cost of internet connection.
This move comes as a response to the growing demand for more affordable and accessible internet access across the African continent. According to an International Telecommunication Union survey, Africans have been paying more than three times the global median price for mobile broadband services and over five times the global median price for fixed broadband.
Minister Baryomunsi revealed that the price of internet connection has been reduced from $70 to $35 per Mbps per month, starting from August 1, 2023. He expressed his delight at the decision, stating that this action will inspire private Internet Service Providers to follow suit, ultimately benefiting all Ugandans with more affordable and accessible internet services.
Moreover, the minister commended NITA for the successful completion of the initial phases of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure project (NBI). The NBI will serve as the primary network for all government data, internet, and telephony services, leading to cheaper communication expenses and broader broadband network coverage across the country.
Minister Baryomunsi emphasized that this price reduction will also result in significant savings to the government’s communication budget, while further encouraging the adoption of e-government services and promoting digitization in the country. The move is seen as a positive step forward in making the internet more accessible and inclusive for all Ugandans.