Kampala will June 9 to 21, 2019 host hundreds of key players in the African and Global Internet industry sector at the Africa Internet Summit 2019.
The Africa Internet Summit (AIS’19) will be a platform for technocrats and business to discuss policies, trends, resources, and challenges in growing Internet for sustainable development in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region.
It is being hosted by African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and The African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) in collaboration with NFT Consult from Uganda who is the localhost.
Information, Communication and Technology minister Frank Tumwebaze will open the summit on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Sheraton Kampala Hotel.
The event which is held annually consists of keynote speeches, policy discussions, seminars, workshops, tutorials and other forums for sharing ICT knowledge within the African region. The 2018 edition was held in Senegal and was attended by 542 delegates from 61 countries.
Whereas Internet penetration in Africa has grown from 11% to 28.6% in just 5 years despite challenges such as cybersecurity, it is lower when compared to the rest of the world. Measurable parameters such as IP address allocations show that the continent is quite behind.
Uganda is ahead of other African countries in the attainment of a countrywide high speed and reliable internet (4G LTE) connectivity, according to Uganda Communication Commission (UCC).
LTE is an abbreviation for Long Term Evolution. LTE is a 4G wireless communications standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). It is designed to provide up to 10 times the speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks, and wireless hotspots.
4G ensures improved download or upload speeds, reduced latency, and crystal-clear voice calls.
Much as there some African countries like Botswana, South Africa and Nigeria with 4G internet, he, however, said that their connectivity is restricted for some localities.
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