In East Africa, the public power company, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), stated that the new cable is anticipated to offer super high data transmission rates, which translate into extreme speed.
Speaking to the media last week at the launch, the company’s ICT manager, Peter Igibolu, explained that the initiative was driven by an increased demand for data services from the Ugandans.
According to the Monitor, Igibolu also disclosed that UETCL decided to fix the data fibre in all its transmission lines, beginning with the Kampala-Tororo line and later Kampala-Mbarara Mirama route to add value to their transmission network.
“This initiative will save the data users from the risks associated with the underground cable that is often affected by human activities such as construction and mining. It will also be more robust and flexible since it moves on metallic poles,” he noted.
UETCL going for telecommunications companies
It is also reported that the project is targeting big corporations such as telecommunications companies that provide data services to individual customers.
Igibolu added that within six weeks, the entire country will be connected to provide data transparency and improve peoples’ access to internet.
However, he also underlined the high costs involved in compensating land owners where the lines pass as the major challenge for the project.
Media reported that three years ago UETCL installed an aerial optic fibre infrastructure on its transmission grid with the purpose of supporting the achievement of a reliable, safe and efficient power supply.
‘Free’ electricity connection
The development comes weeks after the energy ministry had also declared that households living within a five-kilometre radius of the Kawanda-Masaka electricity transmission line are to be connected to the national grid free of charge.
But the State Minister for Mineral Development, Peter Lokeris, stated that customers will have to wire their homes with the help of certified employees from the Electricity Regulatory Authority.