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Airtel Uganda rolls out new Broadband Internet Solution for Homes and SMEs



Airtel Uganda Head of Broadband explains how the new Airtel broadband device works.

By Our Reporter

Airtel Uganda has today launched a new solution for homes, Small and Medium Enterprises that offers uninterrupted internet at affordable rates.

The Airtel Broad Band Outdoor Unit attracts a one-off entry cost of Shs280,000 inclusive of a 51GB of Data valid for 30 days, free installation and device maintenance.

The fixed internet device comes in a stylish/slim design and has the ability to connect 32 internet-powered devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, security cameras and many others to internet.

Commenting about the new solution, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar said the solution is ideal for businesses particularly SMEs that need a reliable, fast internet for uninterrupted operations adding that it as well addresses the need for the smart home allowing simultaneous connections for streaming online content, e-entertainment; while still acting as a WiFi Router for the entire house at the same capped monthly cost.

“The solution offers the best internet experience at the most affordable rate of less than Shs2,000 per GB,” he noted.

Hon. Werikhe Kafabusa, the State Minister For Trade, lauded Airtel Uganda for the substantial investment in innovations geared towards the economic development of Uganda through small and medium enterprises.

“SMEs form a major block of Uganda’s economy contributing immensely to the development of our country. Technology and Innovation are some of the drivers of socio-economic growth and transformation the world over. In Uganda specifically, the growth of the ICT innovation ecosystem has mainly been private sector led. This is an indicator of a conducive investment climate and I am happy to see a telecommunications company like Airtel using this environment to improve lives of the citizens,” he said.

Initial roll out is in Kampala for the pilot.

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Tecno Mobile, StarTimes & MTN donate computers to schools in Mukono



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Mr Mpuuga (Left), Hon. Charles Bakabulindi (Blue Suit) TECNO Country Manager, Mr Shiva Zhong and Cleopatra, StarTimes PRO manager

TECNO Mobile Uganda and partners MTN Uganda and Startimes have today donated computers to five secondary schools in Mukono district.

The donation comes from proceeds of the second edition of Heroes in Color Run, a charity event organized by Tecno. The charity event is organized in collaboration with partners to raise awareness about various problems. The event that took place in September 2019 under the theme “Digitalizing the Future”.

The beneficiary schools that will each get desktops are Namilyango College, Kasawo Secondary school, Kasana Vocational School, Sir Apollo Kaggwa Senior Secondary School, and St. Charles Lwanga Senior Secondary School. The donation is part of TECNO’s efforts to contribute towards the introduction of ICT in schools.

“The world is too digital to leave our youngsters illiterate about digitalization. Almost everything nowadays is digitalized. Let’s educate those around us the benefits of living a digital life and how best to embrace digitalizing the future.” Said Shiva Zhong, Managing Director Tecno Uganda.

Charles Bakabulindi presided over the handover the desktops to the schools.

“Heroes in color” run is Tecno’s way of saying “Together we can”. It’s also a way of saying thank you to all their loyal customers, stakeholders and well-wishers for supporting them to be number one smartphone brand in Uganda.

“Digital illiteracy in Uganda is real and we recognize that fact. This year’s Heroes in Color run was under the theme “Digitalizing the future” and we feel it’s time we paid more attention to this since this is where the world is heading. Our desire is to see that everyone in Uganda is digitalized so as to live a better life,” Zhong said.

“We cannot digitalize Uganda alone, so we are absolutely grateful to hundreds of customers who turned up for this year’s Heroes in Color Run.  We thank our partners; MTN and Startimes for believing in our dream and joining us on this journey. We believe this is just the beginning of a bright ICT future all over Uganda.”Zhong said that the company selected a few schools in Mukono as a starting point on a long journey of digitalizing the future and called upon everyone to join this journey of digitalizing the whole Uganda.

“Heroes in Color Run is an important event on our Calendar, because of its essence. It’s a day we meet with our customers for a noble cause. It reaffirms our mission as a technology brand that has been in Uganda for close to 11 years, our passion for technology is evident with what we have produced over the years and most importantly we are here to give our customers best smartphones and be part of the journey of digitalizing Uganda.” Concluded Shiva

MTN Uganda is delighted to be part of this initiative. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility arm; the MTN Foundation, has and continues to be at the forefront of driving ICT literacy in schools across the country.

MTN Uganda has over the years executed several ICT education themed interventions like the support to KCCA funded Primary Schools, Public Libraries, ICT training in Vocational Institutes including St. Simon Peter located in Hoima, Amelo Technical Institute in Adjumani and St. Daniel Comboni in Moroto, among others. The MTN ICT Bus has reached over 45,000 learners in rural schools in various parts of Uganda since 2013. The MTN ICT bus is a fully equipped bus with essentials in ICT learning. It traverses the country, teaching and providing practical ICT experiences to pupils.

“The journey to developing our country is a shared one, and that’s why this partnership with Tecno is quite symbolic of the good that people, corporate companies and institutions of our country can do when we combine efforts,” said Sen Somdev, MTN Uganda acting Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re definitely good together as a team”, he further remarked.

Headmaster Namilyangi college, Mr Mpuuga Constantine

Uganda developed its initial ICT national policy in 2003. The policy framework document recognized that Uganda would need to embrace the goal of “lifelong education for all.” The policy further addresses literacy improvement and human resource capacity-building with strategies that include Integrating ICT into mainstream educational curricula as well as other literacy programmes to provide for equitable access for all students regardless of level, developing and managing ICT centres of excellence to provide basic and advanced ICT training  to mention but a few.

While Uganda has had significant economic growth over the last decades, with a concomitant reduction of poverty, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is, nevertheless, on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education and, according to the 2006 National Report,2 is committed to achieving the MDGs of universal completion of secondary schooling by 2015 and elimination of gender disparity in both primary and post-primary levels.

As Uganda adopts ICT in education, the country faces the same challenges as most developing economies – poorly developed ICT infrastructure, high bandwidth costs, an unreliable supply of electricity, and a general lack of resources to meet a broad spectrum of needs. However, with the rapid emergence of wireless network capacity and the ubiquitous growth of mobile phones, the context of the infrastructure is changing. A national ICT policy is in place and an education sector ICT policy is before Cabinet. The Ministry of Education and Sports is taking steps to co-ordinate ICT development and has allocated resources to support implementation of its ICT strategy.

In addition to all these strategies by government in conjunction of Ministry of education and sports, brands like TECNO and its partners; MTN and Startimes are helping to facilitate in the reduction of ICT illiteracy levels within Uganda by organizing such charity events like Heroes in Color Run.

StarTimes PR Manager Cleopatra Koheirwe said, “At StarTimes, we love to support great initiatives such as TECNO’s Heroes in Color Run. A cause that has to do with giving back to society and helping develop the youths matters a lot to us. This is why we were glad to be actively involved in supporting TECNO to “digitalize the future.” A lot has been said about ICT and how everything has gone digital these days which cannot be ignored. We have to keep up with the times. So it is of great importance that students learn computer skills and are technologically equipped in order to sustain themselves in this digital era. We congratulate the schools receiving computers and we hope that our contribution will go a long way in shaping their future.”

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Buganda Kingdom extends partnership with Uganda Breweries for Ngule beer



L-R: Mr.Ronald Kawadwa,Chief Executive Officer Majestic Brands,Owek:Charles Peter Mayiga,Prime Minister of Buganda and Mr.Alvin Mbugua,Managing Director Uganda Breweries Limited exchanging contracts of the royalty partnership.

L-R: Mr.Ronald Kawadwa,Chief Executive Officer Majestic Brands,Owek:Charles Peter Mayiga,Prime Minister of Buganda and Mr.Alvin Mbugua,Managing Director Uganda Breweries Limited exchanging contracts of the royalty partnership.

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Buganda Kingdom, through its investment arm, Majestic Brands has extended the partnership with Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) to manufacture Ngule, the kingdom’s official beer. The contract was signed at a media briefing in Bulange Mengo by the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and Alvin Mbugua, Managing Director of Uganda Breweries.

In January 2016, UBL and Buganda entered a partnership to produce a beer called Ngule. This partnership consists of a revenue sharing agreement that is beneficial to both entities.

“Since its introduction to the market, Ngule has been positively received. It is a great quality beer that consumers have grown to love. We are pleased today to be extending this partnership,” said Alvin Mbugua, Managing Director, Uganda Breweries.

Over the last three years, Uganda Breweries has paid the kingdom royalties worth UGX 1.062 billion from revenues earned from Ngule, in accordance with contractual obligations.

The Katikkiro said Ngule is one of the many initiatives of the kingdom and urged the people to continue supporting their King.

“Ngule is one of the kingdom’s innovations (obuyiiya) which is a key agenda on Buganda’s 5-year strategic plan. The creation of Ngule has significantly contributed to the kingdom’s income and created jobs for people in Buganda all through the value chain,” Mayiga said.

“This partnership was one of our solutions to raising income levels for both the kingdom and its people and I can confirm that it has been mutually beneficial. For this reason, we are extending it for another three years effective today,”he added.

Ngule is one of the most affordably priced beers on the market, a deliberate decision by UBL to get more Ugandans consuming formal beer and moving away from local brews that are of poor quality and potentially hazardous.

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MTN unveils Voice Bundles that ‘call’ all networks



MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte addresses the press at the launch event.

MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.

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In a move aimed at giving customers even more value, MTN customers are set to talk more this festive season following the launch of new daily voice bundles that give customers the freedom to make calls to both MTN customers and those on other networks, using the same voice bundle and at no additional cost.

Under the theme “More supu in your MTN daily Voice Bundles”, the new offer from MTN is the first ever such service that complements the government’s efforts to reduce the cost of making calls to Ugandans.

Commenting on this new development, MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte said, “For the first time ever, the cost of calling an MTN number is the same as that of calling other mobile networks in Uganda. Customers will still pay the same amount of money for their daily bundles, get the same number of minutes except that some minutes can now be used to make calls to numbers on other networks in Uganda”.

In either instance, the minutes can be used to call both mobile and fixed numbers.

Until now, MTN has offered customers competitive daily voice bundles designed to fit their budgets and communication needs. These promotional on-net and off-net daily voice bundles however, further emphasize MTN’s intention of making communication more affordable.

“We are offering competitively priced voice bundles to our customers but are continuously looking for even more ways of giving more value to our customers. This offer demonstrates our efforts to continue being the network that gives more “supu” (more value) in our services”, added Wim.

MTN daily voice bundle costs range from as low as UGX 500/- for 6 minutes to UGX 2,000/- for a duration of 60 minutes valid for 24 hours. This promotional offer however means that some of these minutes in the daily voice bundles can be used to call other networks though a customer can still choose to use all the minutes to call MTN to MTN numbers.

“It’s opportune that this offer comes to the market as we draw close to the festive season, when the need for customers to talk to family, friends and conduct business is high. MTN is glad to be the network that adds more “supu” to your festivities,” concluded the MTN Uganda CEO.

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