Google’s push to provide wi-fi in Uganda


Web giant Google has launched its first wi-fi network in the Ugandan capital Kampala, as part of a project to broaden access to affordable high-speed internet.

Official statistics show Uganda has about 8.5 million internet users, making up 23% of the population.

Kampala is the first city in the world where the initiative has gone live.

Google hopes that by improving internet capacity in the city, local telecom companies will then be able to offer faster, cheaper broadband access to their customers.

The company estimates that one day’s unlimited data using the new network should cost 1,000 Ugandan shillings ($0.30, £0.20), although local providers will decide how much they want to charge for the service.

Critics say it would have been better to focus on Uganda’s rural areas, where high-speed internet access is very limited.

Source: BBC