Free internet starts this weekend in Kampala, Entebbe


Leonah Mbonimpba

Government-provided free internet in select Kampala and Entebbe areas will start on Saturday October 1, according to National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA).

NITA Executive Director James Saaka told NBS television on Thursday that the move is aimed at popularising the internet.

Free WiFi will be available 6pm to 6am (weekdays) and 3pm until Monday 6am over weekend.

The free WiFi will however, be restricted; no downloads of pictures or videos.

“In Kampala, we are starting with areas including Bugolobi, Kampala Road up to Bombo Road but we will spread out further,” Saaka said.

“To access this service, look out for the hotspots broadcasting #MYUG,” Leonah Mbonimpa, NITA-U’s corporate communication officer, told Daily Monitor last month.

Mbonimpa said registered users will login using their preferred username and password.

“Simply sign up via the access page by providing details of your first and last name, email address, mobile number, preferred username, access password, date of birth and sex,” she said.

She said they were offering free Wi-Fi now to make use of Internet bandwidth that is not being utilised by the government offices after official working hours.

As far as security is concerned, Mbonimpa said NITA-U has implemented industry standard security measures to provide a secure service for the government departments and ministries whose bandwidth will be used, as well as for users who log on to the service.

“We (NITA-U) shall be monitoring usage when one logins to flag suspicious usage patterns and access will be checked through a firewall that protects the end users against an Internet threat,” she said.

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