By Edward Mulindwa via UAH forum,
Communication is built for two things: voice transmission and data transmission. Voice transmission is very easy to install anywhere and in any country, for God’s sake if you put two cans apart and run a thread between them, two people can talk to each other. Data transmission is complicated, you need to wire the entire country. You need to install fiber optics and dig those pipes underground to every room in the house in the whole country. Some exchanges are so delicate that need to be underground to prevent dust from going in. We are talking about millions of dollars literary, and this needs to be a government investment, for it is the government that can find such amounts of money.
There is a reason I ignore Uganda discussion, for I spent about five years pushing Ugandans to embrace Data Communication, degree holders laughed at me for I was far behind on the developments Museveni is bringing to Uganda. Cells are coming and I will be in United States and talk to my mother in Lwengo. So they screamed. Educating them that cell communication was not going to transmit data was so complicated to put through the very thick heads.
Cell phones must never be relied on, for banks will never talk to each other through a cell tower but through Data transmission which Uganda does not have. I wrote several pieces in Uganda papers arguing our governors to start investing into a national cablization to no success, for every thick head was jumping up and down for the cell phones. They went ahead and torn poles out of the ground, and cables out of the underground for now Uganda communication is going to use cell towers.
Fast forward to 2019 I use a cell tower to communicate but inside my dwell I have what we call a loop line, which feeds directly into my dwell. Every city that has data communication is wired and will remain wired until when we get a new technology that transmits without a cable. And in 2019 Uganda does not have a single agency transmitting data. Not a Government agency nor a private agency. Without transmitting Data in 2019 you are a dead meat. Now for me I am interested into voice communication, and I have worked in the largest communication company in this country, but I look at the data that is transmitted as it controls, security parameters, as it controls traffic lights, as it controls all the details Bwanika a researcher needs, and Ugandans are simply not that ahead thinking.
It is very sad that in 2019 I have again repeated to post about Data transmission, when I literary torched years of my very valuable time to raise it in Ugandanet and the Barigye’ s simply failed to grasp what I was talking about.
The infrastructure its self and the service provided
Since the infrastructure is very crucial to national development and security, I will rather leave the whole of it in the government hand. Let that be left under the UTL, which must remain a full government agency. I am one of those people that believe into privatization, but national security must always be left in government hands.
Thus I will never privatize power supply, water supply, sewage treatment, communication infrastructure and a couple more I will not mention here. Because communication must be nationwide, the government is the only agency that will supply the infrastructure nationwide than private people that will care only on hot markets.If UTL could work and connect all the 19 million house hold in this country – Uganda could be earning in the region of US 50 -70 million dollar (under estimate) if not more in a year.” End quote.
We must never discourage Uganda companies or foreign companies from making money, becoming rich is never a sin. We are not Democrats and that is how capitalism works. UTL must not go into business, it must only remain in acquiring and maintaining the infrastructure that runs data. The companies above must be allowed to feed on UTL’s infrastructure and pay for it. If you are worried about the money they make in Uganda tax it.
The moment you combine ownership of infrastructure and using it to make money, you are forgetting that UTL is ran and owned by the government, I do not want the government to decide what it streams to my television, I need that to be decided by the market. Thus if I find out that Acholi love to watch porn, and they are willing to pay for it, I should be allowed to make my own down streaming system, pay UTL for its infrastructure, and I stream the porn to the Acholi. I am not for allowing one government agency that has already got a monopoly of owning and distributing the infrastructure to have a second monopoly of down streaming.
Lastly as this system becomes accessible to the country, Ugandans must start to fight the problem of buying power in Uganda. Yes the Semalulu’s can send the systems out there, but how many Ugandans can actually pay for the service? For argument sake let us put the service at 200 shillings a month, how many people outside the urban centers can afford that price every month? If I walk into a village 5 miles past Kikyuusa, how many people do I have in that village that can manage a line to their home at a monthly price of 200 shillings? There is a reason power flew from Soroti directly to Lira, were there no people in between? Yes they were but they were un able to tap on the line because they have no buying power.
Life in those regions has been left on kibbo and two minwes of Gonja too long that it needs to be addressed, for these services are too expensive, and the Semalulu’s that install and maintain them have to be paid fairly. Uganda’s programs have been ran on urban centers basis far too long when the majority of population is in rural areas. Fight the Data transmission war but fight it with a secondary war of buying power to the population. That buying power is going to stall every development you need in the country.
Personally I would address the buying power sector before I fight for the transmission of data. But again that is me.