Google brings high-speed internet to Uganda, thanks to Project Link


Internet has become the focal point in our lives now. A part of our essence seems to be connected with internet as well. Without internet, God knows how life would be like. I have been without internet for a week, and take my word when I say it is the most miserable calamity to befall a person. However, there are some huge parts of the world which have no internet connection. If internet is available in said parts, it is the likes of those with sluggish dial-up connections.

While global access to internet can benefit entire generations, big tech firms are at the forefront of raking in bounties from untapped markets of the world. Apple is expanding its access in India, and India does not just comprise of Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, etc. It is one of the largest countries in the world with one of the largest population. India is a big country and not all people have access to iPhones and internet. Likewise, Google has offered to install its speed-demon fiber optic internet network in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, under Google’s project, Project Link. By the installation of the fiber optic internet network, local internet providers and mobile carriers will be able to access Google’s internet network.

Africa has a population of 1 billion, as of 2009, and according to Mountain View, only 16% of the people have access to internet. However, it is to be noted that while it is a magnanimous effort from Google, the provision of Google’s internet network in Kampala depends on Kampala’s local internet providers. If they are not enraptured with avarice, only then can this noble effort be fulfilled.

[via engadget]

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  • [@Mike S.] In Silicon Valley there are still some people using land lines. In Uganda, everybody uses cell phones; they are ten years ahead of you guys.

  • Mike S.

    [@Someguy] It always is amazing to me that Silicon Valley as a whole is not a technologically-advanced living area, more advanced than, say, Kansas City with its Google support . . . .

  • patchworks

    Great. Over 40 years ago I was seconded to the Ugandan Resettlement Board where we rehoused, clothed and fed all the asians evicted from Uganda. The goverment there was corrupt then and it is corrupt now. The UK send £ millions in aid and charitable donations per year but the money never reaches the people who really need it. Why should we expect these services to reach them either? I now live in rural France, pay the same as the town dwellers who have fibre connections, but can only get 1 Mbps. If Google have money to throw away, throw some this way where we will make use of it.

  • I was in Uganda in July. Kampala is quite the metropolis with a lot of modern amenities, and it’s time they got some real internet. They need to find out what’s going on in the world. Maybe they can set up some webcams so you can see what’s going on there. There are crap holes, but some stunning scenery too. The people starving are in the north near Sudan. Their biggest problem is their corrupt government.

    I went to a school in Sipi Falls in the east near Kenya, and they had a big computer lab with 5-10 year old machines, and people were learning “computers”. What do they do with that training? Nothing much, there are no jobs and nobody can afford computers, and the dialup internet in cafes is very expensive. If they get high speed ‘net, they can all get call center jobs.

    I left them a half dozen Linux CDs, and my email address. I haven’t heard back from them.

  • Someguy

    Great, even though I live several miles from Silicon Valley and the fastest internet available is 3MBS, Uganda or some other crap hole will have fiber. Thanks Google, nothing like ignoring the people who made you what you are.

  • yaknala

    These people are supposed to be starving to death, with some stupid figure, according to an advert on British T.V., over a million deaths and all the money sent from England, so tell me how they afford to have the computers let alone the internet???? I would love to know who can afford a computer then I can stop donating to the food crisis in these countries mentioned!!!!