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    Plugged in

     The Ugandan government has rolled out 600 free WiFi hotspots across the country.

    ITweb reports that 300 hotspots have been set up in the capital, Kampala, with the rest sited in other regional centres.

    The roll-out is part of its US$75 million Regional Communications Infrastructure programme (RCIP).

    According to Hatwib Mugasa, the executive director of the National Information Technology Authority, the free WiFi will be available to citizens after hours and on weekends.

    ‘We would like to provide free internet to selected areas at selected times. The internet that we are providing will be utilised by government during working hours, and by citizens after working hours and weekends,’ he says.

    The RCIP, funded by the World Bank, has contributed to the extension of 764 km of fibre-optic cable infrastructure. 

    6 September 2022
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