AN EVENING STROLL AROUND KAMPALA –MYUG EXPERIENCE
National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) is providing free wireless Internet access in Kampala Central Business District and parts of Entebbe effective 1st October, 2016.
The internet dubbed MYUG is accessible between 6:00pm - 6:00 am during weekdays and 3:00 pm to 6:00 am Monday over the weekend.
Last evening Hon. Frank Tumwebaze Minister of ICT and National Guidance accompanied by NITA-U staff and members of the press took to the streets of Kampala for an evening stroll to test some of the MYUG hotspots around town.
The start off point was La bonita theatre opposite Magic parking and washing bay, a popular spot around town, he then walked to Constitutional Square and Nakesero Market right in the city centre.
MYUG hotspots are strategically located around shopping malls and markets, medical facilities, religious centres, educational institutions and places with high foot traffic.
The Minister was able to sign up and login to MYUG and even post tweets well using the service.
Met with stares, smiles and salutations, the city dwellers who recognised him wondered why a Minister was walking casually around Kampala streets.
In hush tones and whispers, crowds started gathering inquiring what was happening and if they could be a part of it.
The Minister humbly obliged and interacted freely with citizens showing them how to sign up and login to MYUG.
Excited crowds gathered around him at Nakasero market and many pulled out their phones to sign up to the service, the NITA-U technical team was on hand to assist.
Many wondered if it was free indeed, and he confirmed that it didn’t cost a thing – other than a charged smartphone!
He emphasised Government’s commitment to increase connectivity for the ease of doing business in the Country.
“Internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity for all Ugandan citizens and this free WiFi is one of the initiatives to broaden the reach of internet access to the public” he said