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Wireless Internet Connection Excites Gulu University Students :: Uganda Radionetwork

Wireless Internet Connection Excites Gulu University Students

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Students at Gulu University are experiencing a wave of excitement following the installation of a wireless internet connection at the campus, for the first time since the institution was established seven years ago.

However, many of the students have to share computers or laptops with their friends because of the small number of computers available to the students in the university laboratory.

As a result, the sight of students in groups of three to five crowded around one laptop is very common at the campus.

Raphael Aregu, the University Librarian who administers the internet connection says several students were forming groups to buy laptops jointly to benefit from the service.

He says the wireless internet connection has registered so much impact among the community.

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Aregu says that the connection had free access at the start; the university has now imposed restrictions that require one to register, get a pass word and user name before using the facility.

Members of the public pay an annual subscription fee of 30 dollars to use the service while the students and staff are registered freely.

He however says the high number of students, staff and the public who are rushing in to surf using the facility is overwhelming.

He says about five thousand users are accessing the connection, which has a bandwidth of 512 kbps, slowing down the system.

Aregu explains that the university intends to upgrade the internet capacity to 5 mbps if it is to offer an efficient internet service to the community.

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Judith Ariekot says the development has helped to save on the time and money she has been spending to travel to internet cafes in Gulu town, about five kilometers away.

Meanwhile, Jackson Odong, one of the students using the internet facility says he is excited by the development. Odong explains that he is now able to regularly get news updates, connect with friends and conduct research on line unlike previously.

He however says he looks forward to a time when the university would fully equip its laboratory to enhance access.

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