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Uganda : GOOGLE launches lightspeed fibre network in KAMPALA.

In a move to facilitate faster broadband connection speeds, Google has announced the launch of a lightspeed fibre network in the city of Kampala, Uganda.

A Google Africa blog post says the search engine giant's Project Link is designed to build a "super-fast, high-capacity fibre network to enable local mobile operators or internet service providers (ISP) to connect people in Kampala to faster and reliable internet".

Google says broadband access hasn't been as rapid and available as it could be, with a population of nearly three million people residing in and around Kampala.

It further said in its blog post that online activity often sputters on pre-internet speeds or undependable connections in the city.

The Google blog post says : 'Project Link's network is available today to connect providers to long-distance fiber lines, equipping them with near-unlimited capacity to build and expand services to Ugandans.

The search engine giant said : "By making this connection, we're strengthening a crucial piece of the internet supply chain. Some parts of the chain are already strong - undersea cables are bringing data to Africa s shores and mobile providers are expanding services across the continent. We've now built quality infrastructure in between these points to deliver the speed and capacity that supports the latest and greatest of the web."

Andrew Kitaka is director of engineering at Kampala Capital City Authority.

He said in a Google video post that a faster and more reliable internet is the foundation for innovation."

He added : "Everyone is yearning for faster internet, faster internet can help businesses grow and also help the existing business to communicate faster. That will lead to more investment in the city, and the city will prosper."

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