MTN Uganda has partnered with Grameen Foundation and Google Search to launch a number of mobile phone applications which will provide instant information that was previously unavailable to Uganda’s remote communities.

The mobile phone based information service is expected to greatly ease the livelihood of the rural population through data and advise on issues ranging from business, agriculture, health, environment, weather and others.

The service comes after an 18 month field based program in Uganda and an innovative partnership that strategically combines the resources of MTN, Grameen Foundation and Google. The five mobile phone applications provide timely information in three domains: agriculture, health, and a virtual marketplace for buying and selling goods and services. The applications were developed by Grameen Foundation’s Application Laboratory (AppLab) and are powered by MTN on the Google SMS search platform.

By THE INDEPENDENT