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MTN Uganda launches the MTN Internet Bus worth Ushs. 600 Million to boost ICT literacy in Rural Uganda

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MTN Uganda through the MTN Uganda Foundation has unveiled a fully kitted state of the art bus dubbed the MTN Internet Bus. The Bus which is the first of its kind in Uganda, will be a vital tool for MTN Uganda’s vision of enhancing ICT Education across the country.

The MTN Internet Bus which is equipped with sixteen high-end computer working stations as well as access to High speed Internet Connectivity Service using the world class data infrastructure powered by MTN 3G and 4G LTE Technology with Wi-Fi coverage. The Internet Bus is the first to be introduced in Uganda by MTN the Leader in the delivery of Bold Digital services and is estimated to have cost in excess of Ushs. 600 million. It was unveiled at a Press conference held at MTN’s Nyonyi Garden offices.

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From Left to Right: CEO, MTN Uganda Mazen Mroué, Hon. Minister for ICT, John Nasasira, South African High Commissioner to Uganda – H E Mr. D J Qwelane, and Chief Marketing Officer(CEO), MTN Uganda, Ernst Fonternel.

Speaking at the launch, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer Mazen Mroué said the introduction of the MTN Internet Bus is in line with MTN Uganda’s new Vision of delivering a Bold, new Digital world which aims at creating distinct customer experience, driving sustainable growth and a specific focus on making MTN Customers lives a whole lot brighter.

Mroué said the MTN Internet Bus will go a long way in driving MTN Uganda’s commitment to help build and develop the capacity of Ugandans as well as strengthening the nation’s economy through ICT awareness initiatives across all regions of the country adding that it is a vital component for the promotion of computer literacy in rural areas in an effort to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas.

“At MTN, innovation is about introducing something new, better or different, large or small that adds sustainable value to the lives of our customers. We believe the introduction of this Internet Bus will go a long way in creating the much needed ICT awareness across the country”, he said.

He added that the MTN Internet Bus would provide ICT training capacity with the provision of basic computer skills and integrated e-Learning. This will further solidify MTN’s commitment to support the Government of Uganda and in particular the Ministry of ICT in its agenda to enhance ICT skills and basic computer literacy in the country.

MTN Uganda continues focusing largely on the expansion of the data network infrastructure; MTN was the first in the market to introduce word class internet technologies through the 3G 42 Mbps, 4G LTE and WiFi Hotspots. As of 31st March 2014, MTN Uganda total Data subscribers exceeded 2.6 million.

MTN Uganda became the first operator in Uganda, and one of the very first in Africa to launch its 4G LTE services. The launch of LTE represented a major jump in mobile connectivity capabilities with speeds of up to 100Mbps. MTN Uganda has further covered the country with internet speeds of up to 42Mbps and has insured great quality internet for the broader Ugandan population. 

MTN Uganda launched its Mobile Network operations in 1998, since inception MTN cumulative investment exceeded UGX 1.7 Trillion. Last year, the company injected more than UGX 140 billion in upgrading the Network infrastructure and adding another 400Km of national fiber, by December 2013, MTN Uganda Total Fiber infrastructure exceeded 3,200 Km. The continuous investment by MTN in Uganda has enabled job creation with direct and indirect support for over 560,000 Ugandans.
MTN’s new Vision and Mission to ‘To Lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to its customers’ and ‘To make our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter’. This has seen the company strongly enhance its Data portfolio through a number of targeted initiatives such as the regional MTN Data Expos and most recently the launch of its new thematic Data Campaign that showcases all the things you can learn from the Internet.

Officiating at the launch, ICT Minister Hon. John Nasasira commended MTN for leading the way on the innovation front with life changing services that are complementing the Government’s endeavors especially in delivering ICT training across the country.
Nasasira said the MTN ICT Education drive is a welcome initiative and urged Ugandans to embrace the opportunity to better their lives.
“At MTN, we have refocused our interventions towards empowerment of the communities in various areas. Education is one such area which is very close to our hearts because of the direct link between improved literacy and the socio-economic status of any community,” Mroué concluded.

The South African High Commissioner to Uganda- H.E. Jon Qwelane who is also an MTN Uganda Foundation trustee was also in attendance and he pledged that the MTN Foundation would continue to look at areas that have a sustainable impact on development of the different communities while also looking to address the different needs of Ugandans. He mentioned that he was pleased to be part of such initiatives that positively impacted the lives of Ugandans.

The MTN Uganda Foundation partners with both public and non-profit credible organizations to execute sustainable projects in each of the chosen focus areas. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that the selection and approval of its projects are conducted in a manner that is transparent, systematic, efficient, and effective while promoting its mission.

In 2014 and onwards, the MTN Foundation will focus on three key areas so as to leverage scale to achieve significant development impact. These include the areas of Education, Health and National Priorities.

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Nofeka, a new online retailer platform launched

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Nofeka, a new Ugandan online retailer platform has been launched. The new platform comes at a time when there is limited movement of people and access to food markets and produce stores due to the on going COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiyega Daniel the retailer’s founder and CEO says its thus the right time to launch an online retailer platform that also does deliveries so as to ease life for Ugandans mostly those affected by movement restrictions.

With an offering of a wide range of products ranging from groceries, clothing to electronics, furniture and toiletries among others, the retailer’s founder Kiyega says they are targeting to have at least 10,000 orders a month with in one year.

This, according to the firm’s projections, will grow to 1 million orders a month 5 years down the road as they step out of Uganda into East Africa and Africa at large.

Download the Nofeka app on Google Play or Apple store or visit their website  to get started.

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Fin tech app, Cash Chat to reward users with mobile phones

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

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Financial technology app, Cash chat that has been giving opportunities to those looking at sustainable self employment through signing up on it and signing up other users for a commission has expanded its offering.

With over 100000 users across East Africa, the app has new features and customers can now do a number of other things like chat, make calls for free on the app, send money abroad and win great prizes!

In partnership with Pixan Uganda, all new customers who sign up to cash chat now by downloading the app, becoming members and take a picture of themselves and their phone showing the app will win brand new Pixan M9 phones, power banks and other accessories.

Cash chat now also gives members a chance to make additional money through bringing adverts onto the platform for a commission and saving on the app where they can earn good interest on the cash chat savings product.

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Great Lakes Energy Company donates 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

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Great Lakes Energy Company has donated five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups to the Covid-19 national taskforce.

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Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) has handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.

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NBS TV staff on Cloud 9 following Pres. Museveni tweet endorsement

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Staff at NBS TV are on cloud 9 after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shared a screengrab of the station.

In a tweet on Thursday, Museveni shared a photo of a television screen showing NBS TV, which was streaming the budget speech live from Parliament.

The photo’s caption read: “This afternoon at State House Entebbe, through a technology platform, I participated in the presentation of the national budget to Parliament.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget ceremony was carried out in a scientific manner, with President Museveni addressing Parliament and the world from State House.

For the Kin Kariisa-owned station that’s made a visible-for-all effort to be on top of the news at all times, advanced technology has been at the forefront, enabling them to be an authority on major happenings, especially with their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also been able to position themselves as the kings of live coverage.

Recently, Ministry of Health officials were seen watching NBS TV’s sister station, Salam TV. These surely are major wins for the Kamwokya based Media House.

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