Ministry of ICT secured funding towards the implementation of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) Project in the financial year 20006/2007 with an objective of connecting Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the country.
The NBI is an internet carrying optical fiber cable that runs across all the regions of the country. This enables Government to reduce Internet costs, improves revenue Generation, Connects Government sites to the Government Network of services and promotes E-Government.
H.E Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni who was accompanied by the State Minister for ICT Hon. Peter Ogwang, the Executive Director NITA-U Hatwib Mugasa among other IT experts commissioned Phase four of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and eGovernment Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) in Moroto during his campaign trail for the forthcoming general election last week in the Karamoja region.
The president launched Phase four of the project last year in May and the project was successfully completed in March 2020. At the moment the Districts of Moroto, Napak, Katakwi, Moyo, Yumbe, Adjumani, Koboko, Maracha, Arua, Nebbi and Packwach have been connected onto the National Backbone Infrastrucuture.
Uganda boasts of a fully-fledged communications hub with the seven major border posts with its neighboring countries all connected to the NBI; a regional connectivity with the Democratic Republic of Congo with connections at Goli, Vurra and Mpondwe while South Sudan Oraba boarder was added to the existing connection at Elegu.
Hatwib Mugasa the Executive Director of NITA-U says that Phase 4 of the NBI/EGI Project, has been implemented under the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program under the World Bank, and has built onto the earlier implemented phases of the project to deliver a high capacity data network across the country specifically to the West Nile and Karamoja Region.
As of today Uganda has implemented the Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) Link from Kasese to Mpondwe, Karuma to Arua and Soroti to Moroto with over 100 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) connected to the National Backbone Infrastructure the total now is 603 MDAs, he added.
NITA–U is currently implementing the Last Mile Project to extend connectivity to 700 MDAs across the country.