In October 2017, the National Information and Technology Authority (NITA-Uganda) introduced its free Wi-Fi which covered most of the areas of Kampala and Entebbe and allowed users to access free internet.
This free Wi-Fi is available between 6pm to 6am during the weekdays and 3pm to 6am from Friday to Sunday. Since then, NITA-Uganda has been expanding access to this free internet to other areas of the country informed of phases.
However many people complain this free internet has slow speeds and weak signal strength. The response to this is simple– WiFi signals operate in the free-to-use industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) band 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz; the same frequency utilized by Bluetooth, microwaves in your homes. This means that unlike 3G or 4G signals that are allowed to radiate with a lot of power that can easily travel long distances or penetrate through walls, these high-frequency radio waves travel a shorter distance and also the power emitted is restricted by UCC.
This free Wi-Fi internet is distributed in 284 locations of the Central Kampala District and Entebbe as seen in the list below.
Have you ever used the MYUG free Wi-Fi Internet provided by NITA-Uganda? How convenient and speedy did you find it? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.