Uganda’s capital Kampala has an estimated population of 1.6 million. Access to the internet is often limited by unreliable connections and “pre-broadband speeds”. With an initiative dubbed Project Link the tech giant aims to bring faster connections to the city.
Project Link aims to achieve its goals by building a new infrastructure and connections to long-distance fiber lines. On completion, local ISPs – internet service providers – and mobile operators can connect to the network and thus provide faster connections to their users.
In a company blog post Google Access Field Director Kai Wulff outlined the broader aims of the project:
“Project Link goes beyond basic access; it enables local providers to offer new mobile data plans or high-speed Internet for office buildings and universities, and support newer technologies as they come to market.
For Kampala, Google hopes the Project Link serves as a foundation to support the needs of a new crop of entrepreneurs and innovators: the media-rich projects of a successful musician, fast connections for local hospitals, or new digital learning tools for student.