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Plans for free internet in Kampala and Entebbe on track

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Internet users around Kampala and Entebbe will save money on buying data as government introduces free Internet starting next month.

Leonah Mbonimpa, the corporate communication officer at the National Information Technology Authority–Uganda (NITA-U’s) said the free-Wi-Fi will be available for users from 6pm to 6am on weekdays and on weekends  – Saturday starting from 3pm throughout Sunday to Monday morning 6am.

“To access this service, look out for the hotspots broadcasting #MYUG,” Mbonimpa said, adding that registered users will login using their preferred username and password.

She said a detailed hotspot location list will be shared with the public on its various social media platforms in a move aimed at accelerating growth of the internet sector in the country.

The government move to offer free internet appears to be following Rwanda’s footsteps that has already done so. Kigali became the first city in East Africa to launch free wireless Internet in specific areas of the capital in 2013 under the “Smart Kigali” initiative.

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