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Uganda looking to re-route undersea cable

August 13, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms

Uganda will be exploring an alternative route for the undersea cable currently servicing the nation because constant interruptions in Kenya are taking their toll on Ugandan businesses.  An alternative route for the cable to Uganda could go through Mutukula in Tanzania, which is currently being serviced by the ESSAY and Seacom cables.

An alternative route for the cable to Uganda could go through Mutukula in Tanzania, which is currently being serviced by the ESSAY and Seacom cables (image: WACS)

Director for Technical Services at National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) Peter Kahiigi said that Uganda is looking at alternatives, but the currently suggested path will be the best option.

“Every time the fibre cables are damaged in Kenya we get affected, the Mutukula- Tanzania route will ensure that we have an alternative route to tackle this challenge,” Kahiigi said.

“The alternative route will be a welcome move by the players in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector that have for long suffered Internet breakdown affecting their businesses. Internet cafes and telecommunication companies are mostly affected when there is a disruption in Internet connectivity,” wrote Uganda’s The Independent.

According to the Uganda Communication Commission, the nation has approx. four million Internet users, which is just over 10% of the total population.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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