New Chinese Ambassador Visits NITA-U Network Operation Centre (NOC)

Friday, February 17, 2017

 

NITA-U was delighted to host the new Chinese Ambassador H.E Zheng Zhu Qiang today at the Network Operation Centre. He was warmly received by the NITA-U Executive Director, Mr. James Saaka, Director Technical Services, MS Vivian Ddambya and e-Government Services Director Mr. Peter Kahiigi.

 

The Ambassador with his team toured the state of the art facility NOC which has been set up in the 3rd Phase of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and eGovernment Infrastructure (NBI/EGI).

 

He was also taken through an overview, status and future prospects of the NBI project. NITA-U completed Phase 3 of the NBI covering the Districts of Masaka, Mbarara and Kabale in December 2016.

Phase 3 extends connectivity to the border points with Tanzania and Rwanda at Mutukula and Katuna respectively. Phases I and II of the NBI have since been commercialized and handed over to an operations Manager Soliton Telmec (U) Ltd.

 

The overall objective of commercialization of the NBI is to manage the infrastructure that has been put in place and generate revenue for the Government of Uganda.

 

With the completion of Phase 3 of the NBI there is development of an alternative geographically redundant route to the undersea cables connecting to the global communications infrastructure.

 

There is also anticipated reduction in the costs of internet bandwidth as a result of increased competiveness through the increase in the number of upstream providers available to IT providers in Uganda.

 

NITA-U has so far extended connectivity to 210 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Local Governments (LGs) 102 MDAs are being connected in FY 16/17, and more will be connected in the coming years.

 

Seven (8) Public Universities (Makerere, Busitema, Kyambogo, Uganda Management Institute, Gulu, Mbarara, Makerere University Business School and recently Mountains of the Moon University) have also be been connected to the NBI.

 

Speaking at the meeting Executive Director, Mr James Saaka thanked the Chinese Government for their immense support and collaboration on the NBI project.

 

He cited the importance of the existing strong partnership that is between the two countries as a major factor in the successful implementation of the project and towards the development of IT in the country as a whole.