Facebook, Airtel and BCS (FAB)
The Facebook, Airtel and BCS (FAB) project in Northern Uganda is aimed at connecting the region with high connectivity bandwidth covering approximately 800km of terrestrial fiber in the region. Affordable Internet with high speed access to the landlocked region bordering DRC, South Sudan and Uganda is the project’s main objective.
This project sees the region bandwidth improve drastically as it upgrades from GPRS to 3G/4G with the Facebook owning an initial 49% while Airtel Uganda and BCS each share 25.5% each of the project with a 50% share for Airtel Uganda and BCS after completion.
With the launch date set for 1st December 2017, all the teams are confident that the project will be successful and ultimately achieve its objectives of enlightening the northern region of western Uganda.
The agreement was announced at Kampala Serena Hotel by Mr. Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s African Public Policy manager along Mr. Yonas Maru – Managing Director of Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group (BCS). Mr. Anwar Soussa – Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director and Bagiire Vincent Waiswa the Permanent Secretary of Uganda’s ICT Ministry represented the Ugandan government.
The investment will see a total of nearly 800 KM of optical fiber laid in North West Uganda – covering Gulu, Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Nebbi and Kamdini areas – which will be jointly funded by Airtel Uganda, BCS Group and Facebook. According to Airtel’s Anwar Soussa, when completed, the project will provide backhaul connectivity covering more than 3 million people in Uganda and enable future cross-border connectivity to neighboring countries. According to the Ugandan government, the investment will foster growth in the North West region of the country.
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