THE NATIONAL BACKBONE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (NBI/EGI)
The Government of Uganda, through the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U) has implemented the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure Project (NBI/EGI) whose major aims are to connect all major towns within the country onto an Optical Fibre Cable based Network and to connect Ministries and Government Departments onto the e-Government Network.
Phases I and II of the NBI was completed and consists of the following:
a) EGI equipment (Video conferencing and VOIP ) rolled out and commissioned in 27 Government Ministries and Departments
b) Installation of Metropolitan Area Network in Statistics House connecting 27 MDAs
c) Built the NBI Data centre infrastructure with government applications (UMCS and Email) at Statistics house
d) Laying of 1590 Km of Optical Fibre Cable across the country to build the National Data Transmission Backbone;
e) Connection of NBI to the borders of Southern Sudan (Elegu) and Kenya (Malaba and Busia) thereby linking the country to other regional backbone infrastructure;
f) Expansion of the Government Metropolitan Area Network into a Wide Area Network covering the 22 towns of Kampala, Entebbe, Bombo, Mukono, Jinja, Busia, Tororo, Malaba, Kumi, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Masindi, Nakasongola, Luwero, Mbarara, Kasese, Fort Portal and Kyenjojo.
In addition to that, The NITA-U has extended connectivity to one hundred and three (103) Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) Sites and of these seventy (70) Government MDA sites are fully utilising the services through the backbone.
Seven (7) Public Universities (Makerere, Busitema, Kyambogo, Uganda Management Institute, Gulu, Mbarara and Makerere University Business School) have also be been connected to the NBI
Phases I and II of the NBI has 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.
Key services such as the One Stop Centre, E-mails and Unified Messaging and Collaboration services are being hosted in the National Data Centre
KEY: Phase I (Yellow) Phase II (Blue) and Phase III (Green)
Figure 1 showing the current rollout of the NBI (Phase I: Kampala, Entebbe, Bombo, Mukono and Jinja. Phase II: Luwero, Nakasongola, Masindi, Gulu, Elegu, Lira, Soroti, Kumi, Mbale, Malaba, Tororo, Busia, Mbarara, Kasese, Fort Portal and Kyenjojo)
Phase III of the NBI is on-going and will cover the Districts of Masaka, Mbarara and Kabale.
Phase III will extend connectivity to the border points with Tanzania and Rwanda at Mutukula and Katuna respectively. This is expected to be completed within the FY2016/17
A state of the art Network Operations Centre (NOC) will be built to monitor and administer the entire NBI Infrastructure.
E-government Services - offered over National Back bone Infrastructure (NBI)
a) Internet bandwidth
b) Leased Line Services
c) Hosting/Co-location in National data centre
d) Unified Messaging and Collaboration System (UMSC)
e) Government Web Portals
f) Government Citizens Interactions Centre (GCIC)
g) Voice over IP
h) Connecting to Integrated Financial Management Services
i) Video Conferencing for MDAs
135 Government entities are now connected to the NBI and of these 98 MDA sites are receiving Internet Bandwidth through the backbone.