The Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi has said Uganda will resume the use of satellites as a way of increasing access to better and cheaper internet for the general public.
Mutabazi revealed that in two-month time, Uganda will probably have better internet access after the government signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intelsat, a South African Satellite telecommunications company.
“We are already in talks and probably in 2 months, we will launch the satellites. We are already in talks with intelsat and all preparations for the signing of this MoU have already started. We hope this can reduce the cost of internet and more Ugandans can be able to access internet,’’ Mutabazi said.
He was speaking at the East African Communications Organizations 22nd Congress that is intended to help EAC states intercommunicate for quicker integration and better service delivery to the communities.
The conference is being hosted by UCC at the Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi.
Mutabazi noted that Uganda being a land locked country has compelled government to obtain the better part of the internet from Kenya.
“In the United States, we were using satellites but they became expensive. The cable internet was introduced, and now wireless,” said Mutabazi.
“However, the satellite companies have realized that if they do not reduce their prices, they are going to be erased out of the market.”
The satellite service will work alongside the other available sources of internet.
According to the Minister of ICT, Frank Tumwebaze who officially opened the conference, Uganda is still grappling with higher internet costs compared to its other EAC counterparts hence the reason for slow penetration of the internet use in the country.