The government of Uganda has announced that it will roll out free Wifi services in the capital city Kampala, but the service will only be available between 6 pm and 6 am on weekdays, and from 3 pm to 6 am on weekends.
The minister for Information and communication Frank Tumwebaze announced the plan ,which will see all Ugandans in the city surf for free but they will be restricted against accessing bad websites and video downloads.
“Internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity for all Ugandan citizens,” Tumwebaze said in a speech on Friday (Sept. 30). “The ICT sector must remain at the center of this country-wide transformation steering Uganda to world class efficiency and productivity.”
Because of that program, internet costs, he said, “have reduced from $1200 to $300 per megabit per second per month in 2010 and 2016 respectively.”
If the exercise will be successful, then Uganda will be the first country to have such great initiative in East and Central Africa.
Already, millions of people living in Kampala have expressed excitement over the announcement.
“I am happy for Museveni’s plan. I hope they will do it as fast as possible so that we can stop paying for internet services”, one resident said.