Uganda Now Looking to Tanzania for Terrestrial Cable Link as Kenya Disappoints

Posted In Business - By robertalai On Friday, August 10th, 2012 With 3 Comments

Uganda is reportedly looking to build its terrestrial cable link through Tanzania. According to reports appearing on CEO magazine, the country is trying to fight losses which they incur as they suffer frequent cuts on the Mombasa – Kampala cable route.

Quoting Peter Kahiigi, the Director Technical Services at NITA-U, the reports indicate that the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) is already working on the alternative routes to Kampala.

Map of Tanzania’s National Information & Communication Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB)

Speaking at the annual International Conference on Computing and Research, Mr Kahiigi is quoted as saying:

“An alternative route through Tanzania has been planned by NITA-U and the government, and we expect to start work at least by November 2012.”

Kahiigi say that Uganda feel held at ransom by cable cuts on the Nairobi – Mombasa route as well as the frequent cuts around Nakuru. Most of the cuts have been blamed on road construction work as well as vandals. Uganda also experience major outage in March when one of the cables was offline for more than 3 weeks.

Details of the new route have not been properly explained but work on the route is expected to start in September. Uganda becomes the second country after Rwanda to voice major displeasure at the frequent cable cuts in Kenya as they are land-locked countries.

At the Uganda Internet Governance Forum on Tuesday, the Executive Director of NITA proposed that Uganda should look to implement an Internet blacklist to guard against child pornography, copyright infringing sites, and terrorist content.


About - Robert is an African Tech Blogger, Critic, Net Evangelist, Speaker, Mentor for Young Boys and Girls, Editor @TechMtaa and likes to Provide Sanitary Towels To Poor Women through the DishAPad Initiative

  • Daudi S

    Hi Talai..

    This story saddens me.. Kenyan service companies blowing off opportunities to show leadership. Such companies need ways to measure and prioritize service levels, and be tasked and made more responsible/responsive/sensitive. This will be a definite big big loss if it materializes. This is the content needed to to be routed through these ‘pipes’ to inevitably make connectivity affordable (ROIs) and explore next frontiers of technology.

    The change begins with me.. after reading this article, am reviewing my responsibilities and opportunities. Am just hoping am not alone in this..

  • Edwin Warui

    Nop! these cuts are just ther for a period of time and are caused by kenyan politics, so its upon kenyans to decide if they should let go our countrys income for selfish gains of corrupt politicians to stop useless demonstrations and strike or develop our country. I hate kenyan leadership

  • Edwin Warui

    Please assist kenyans to develop on political issues their minds if you are close to any.