CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

Uganda: Google Completes 1st Phase of Kampala Wholesale Fibre Project

Google has completed laying 160 kilometres of fibre in central Kampala, dubbed Project Link. The portion is part of a continuous project that will see Google building a fibre network around Kampala.

A representative of Google's public relations firm said the network is targeted at wholesale buyers including Internet Service Providers and mobile operators, who are then expected to sell the service as high speed broadband to end users or use the same in building out of high speed 3G and 4G networks.

"The project is in early days and the network will grow with our customers. We have already built approximately 160 kilometres of fiber in central Kampala, the most dense and challenging area to build. The network is never 'done' and will grow from there and continue to connect wherever we are needed in greater Kampala. One example of planned growth is we are now building toward Entebbe (location of the closest international airport)," said Google

Google further says infrastructure is a roadblock to better access and there are things that can make it better." We looked at the different steps in the access supply chain--how does Internet travel from the source to the end-user.

Over the last decade, undersea cables have brought broadband Internet to major ports in Africa. On the other end, mobile operators and ISPs have grown their services to end users. However, cities like Kampala still need core wired infrastructure such as the internal railway systems, to bring high capacity to meet urban demand. We are addressing a key challenge in the supply chain--wholesale wired infrastructure can help address this challenge, allowing local operators to focus on providing the best service possible to users," says the Google statement.

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