Electronic government (e-government), the ability for government to provide access to services and information twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, is an emerging force in Africa. As a result, government service will be revolutionized as Africa progresses into the Digital Age. In this new age, good government is accessible government. Good government correlates to immediate access to pertinent information. Good government is faster, cheaper and more efficient.

 

There are three key areas namely; service provision, digital democracy, and economic development, that represent a broad definition of e-government and affect all customers of local government, including interactions between government and citizen (G2C), government and business (G2B), government and other government agencies (G2G), and between government and its own employees (G2E). While many current efforts focus on G2C like e-water, the three remaining areas can provide tremendous payback for government. A definition of e-government is not complete unless it identifies and considers all of its customers

Mobile banking, due to the inherent characteristics of mobile phone as a device, can contribute to each of each of the strategic drivers:

Increase market penetration. Due to their accessibility, mobile phones provide an invaluable pportunity to reach rural and remote areas, thus opening a new unexplored segment for MFIs. In countries, where mobile telecommunication networks are already established and used by mobile network operators for their main businesses, it makes more financial sense to offer financial services through these networks, rather than invest in the roll-out of the costly branches and ATMs.

Sell more services to existing customers. Mobile phone represents an effective channel to offer new products and services to existing customers. Customers need more than payments and money transfer; providers should develop products that fit their real needs and use mobile phone to market and deliver them to clients.

Social networks have exploded in a big way in recent years and have been on the receiving end of much criticism for the amount of time wasted upon them.

So, how many times in a day do you update your Facebook status, or flip through updates of your friends’ status messages, or log in to check on your virtual farm, animals, garden, or fish bowl? 

How many hours in a night do you spend playing on any of the numerous Facebook virtual games or Applications? Whether or not Facebook is a waste of time solely comes down to the discretion of each and every user. What kind of Facebook user are you?

A budding body of research in the area of addiction suggests that Internet Addiction Disorder is becoming a real predicament; it is a psycho-physiological disorder involving tolerance; withdrawal symptoms; affective disturbances; and interruption of social relationships. The most widespread one is Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD).


It is no secret that the Facebook website is being abused by those that use it constantly. The site is usually blocked at work computers and has officially been banned in Syria, China, Vietnam, and Iran.

 

For those countries to take action against the site show it is hurting more than it is beneficial.

Happy Birthday Uganda
I am very happy today my home country Uganda is making 47 years of Independence and 15 years of constant ICT revolution. Don’t you think that is great achievement! And guess what; am also part of revolution, my 6 years of exploring, learning and sharing with others has also made a difference. Don't you think?

Well since I was not there when you Uganda got independence, I can not tell you much about it. But I can tell you something about Uganda’s evolving ICT sector. I would say Uganda started considering communication (or I would say becoming active in communication sector) when mobile communication was introduced in 1994 by company by then Celtel Uganda Limited today is owned and called Zain Uganda.

However serious ICT revolution started in 1998 when MTN Uganda was introduced and started its operations in 1999. This was great achievement to Ugandans where by calls were made cheaper, ridiculous charges were scraped, things like service fee were removed, payments of airtime in dollars become history. Mobile communication shifted from the rich only class to everyone that wanted mobile communication. Internet through dialup, ADSL, Leased line also came to be hot product on market since 1999. Right now Uganda has over 5 telecommunication companies, over 6 Internet service providers and over 100 SMEs providing ICT services in the country. I have decided to compile a time-line list of ICT companies in Uganda and the great changes they have contributed to the country. Join me as I explore the 15yrs of great change in the Pearl of Africa Uganda.

1994:

  • December, Celtel Uganda Limited goes live with GSM 900.
  • Afsat Communications Uganda, vsat internet providers.

1995:

    • Infocom: was a merge between Infomail first supplier of internet services and Starcom Ugandan Company hence forming Infocom an internet service provider in Uganda.

    1996:

          • Bushnet launches its data transmission and Internet services.
          • Sanyutel providing telecom services.

    1997:

          • April, Uganda On Line (UOL). This came as offshoot of MUKLA and started providing internet add on services to Uganda. This saw the birth of Uganda Domains (.ug, .co.ug.
          • Swift Global (Uganda) Ltd launches its internet service products.
          • UCC – Uganda Commissions Commission was formed after the Uganda Communications Act had been passed.

    1998:

          • February: UTL (Uganda Telecom Limited) was formed from UPTC (Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation) as a fully telecommunication company.
          • March – April: Dehezi International launched its internet services to Uganda.
          • October: MTN Uganda Ltd goes live with GSM 900.

    1999:

          • SpaceNet lauches starts to provide wireless, dialup and hosting services to Uganda.

    2000:

          • Computer Frontiers International (CFI) was incorporated to provide ICT services.
          • Africa Online (U) Ltd buys off Swift global and starts offering dialup, leased line, and mail services to Ugandans.

      2001:

                • CFI merges with UOL forming one giant domain registrar .ug, .co.ug Company in Uganda.
                • One2net launches as an Internet Service Provider (ISP). One2net was born from Sanyutel.
                • Uganda Telecom Ltd launches mobile services through GSM 900.
                • EnterUganda.com an information portal was launched to provide information about Uganda.

      2003:

                • Datanet.Com LLC takes over takes over SpaceNet and continues to provide internet and add-on services.

      2006:

                • The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MOICT) was established with a mandate of providing strategic and technical leadership, overall coordination, support and advocacy on all matters of policy, laws, regulations and strategy for the ICT sector.

      2008:

                • Hits Telecom launches telecom services with GSM 900/1800.
                • Warid Telecom Uganda Limited goes live with GSM 900/1800.
                • Lwegatech Limited launched as internet add-on Service Company in the country mainly focusing on SMEs.
                • ICTLabs launched providing only Hands-on Skills to Ugandans preparing them for ICT market.

      2009:

              • Orange Uganda Limited buys off Hits Telecom and launches immediately.
              • i-Telecom launched as sixth telecom company in Uganda.
              • ICT Magazine comes to online market to boost on providing informative content to the public around the world.
              • Tangerine Uganda as broadband service providers.
              • The Broadband Company launched also its broadband internet services