The Uganda Communications Commission has said the gap between the rural and urban in terms of access and utilisation of ICTs is narrowing as more rural people learn to cope with new technology.
Bob Lyazi, director of the Uganda Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) at UCC told The Independent in an interview that majority of rural people can now communicate by telephone and a growing number can use the internet.
“We plan to connect over 800 rural schools with the internet as part of this program [RCDF],” Lyazi said. “We have connected over 100 so far and been very successful.”
Lyazi said they had installed more than 4,000 public pay phones out of the planned over 5, 000.
UCC established RCDF in 2002 to help rural Ugandans benefit from ICTs. The fund receives 1% off every telecommunication company’s gross annual revenue. Other institutions like the World Bank have supported the Fund, Lyazi said.