Uganda Improves in ICT Development Index
Uganda’s ICT sector has registered improvement, the latest ICT Development Index (IDI) indicates.
Uganda has moved six places places from 158 in 2016 to 152 in 2017.
The 2017 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched during the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia.
The report is published by the International Telecom Union (ITU) which is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies–ICTs.
In its 9th edition, the Measuring the Information Society Report, an annual report published by ITU since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tool to measure the information society, the ICT Development Index (IDI).
The report presents a quantitative analysis of the information society and highlights new and emerging trends and measurement issues.
“This is a welcome improvement in our global ranking by the respected ITU. It’s definitely not where we want to be, but is testimony that the different initiatives that are being undertaken under the able leadership of the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, have started to bear fruit.
A continuous improvement in the rankings will guarantee the country an improvement in its GDP” said James Saaka, Executive Director of NITA-U.
The improvement in the ranking has been buttressed by the strategic rollout of ICT infrastructure by both the Private Sector and Government.
Specific to government, NITA-U has successfully completed three phases of the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI).
With over 2,400km of fiber laid across Uganda, with several towns connected, these include Kampala, Entebbe and Mutukula, to mention but a few.
Additionally, extension of the NBI is planned to cover the underserved areas of the country. This investment as Government has led to the reduction in internet bandwidth pricing from $190 per Mbps to a new pricing of $70 per Mbps for government agencies.
It is reported that the price will reduce further, in July 2018, to $50 per Mbps for Ministries, Departments & Agencies and Local Governments. (MDAs).
By the end of Financial Year 17/18, NITA-U plans to have connected 730 MDAs and Local Governments to the backbone. There are currently 321 MDAs and Local Governments (LGs) already connected to the NBI.
Commenting on the development, Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, Vincent Bagiire Waiswa, added: “This highlights the positive headway made in our collective effort to Digitize Uganda. Our aim is to continue enabling the lives of Ugandan citizens by demystifying the concept of the use of ICT through the provision of reliable and consistent online government services.”
Additional Reporting: Courtesy