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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

Ugandans’ thirst to get connected to the world through faster data transfer  and website updates without leaving the comfort zone has been quenched by the launch of broadband Internet service in the country. 

Seacom’s fibre optic cable that links East and Southern Africa to Asia and Europe through the Middle East, was intended at providing the East and South Africans access to the whole world through fast, affordable and reliable Internet services.

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Speaking at the Seacom launch in Kampala on Thursday, the company representative in Uganda, Mr Fred Moturi, said the undersea cable has a bandwidith which encourages volume discounts and large bandwidth growth unlike the satellite connections that have been dominating the country for the past years.

It is expected that broadband will reduce the cost of Internet connection by more than 80 per cent lower than satellite connection with a capacity of 1.28TB per second, to provide the much needed Internet connection capacity.

Seacom broadband Internet which will be sold to the Internet service providers (ISPs) at $400 (Shs800, 000) is $6, 100 (Shs12.2m) cheaper than the satellite technology which costs $6,500 (Shs13m). “Since we will sell ISPs at a cheaper price, we expect them to provide it to the end users at least 75 per cent less,” said Mr Moturi.

The Minister for Information and communication Technology, Mr Aggrey Awori, said the cable will stimulate education growth, health, media and talent while spurring innovation and creativity. “We are going to use the facility as a platform to boost e-medicine, e-education and e-commerce,” said Mr Awori.
Kenya Data Network constructed a 15,000km fibre optic cable linking Mombasa, Nairobi and Kampala and connects to the undersea cable of Seacom.

The project which cost $600 million (Shs120 billion) had 76.25 per cent of finances coming from African funders and the rest from Herakles Capital, a United States agency.

During the launch, Seacaom with Cisco jointly built a voice, data and video platform where the launch of Seacom was broadcast live via Internet protocol to five launch locations including; Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania.

The State Minister for ICT, Mr Alintuma Nsambu, said the government opted for this Internet to provide alternative cheaper Internet solutions to citizens.

To make sure that customers get full value for their money, broadband companies will be regulated by the Uganda Communications Communication for security reasons.

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MTN UGANDA
MTN started in 1994 and for fifteen years in business its growing worldwide in communication services. As they say MTN, EVERY WHERE U GO because its an international telecommunications group.
MTN Uganda as we speak also provides internet: MTN internet and ISP services and provides other products like, data circuits, mobile, mobile data, fixed lines, MTN mobile money and so much more. For more information contact
MTN Towers
22 Hannington Road
P.o box 24624 Kampala-Uganda
Tel; +256 312 212333
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Website; http://www.mtn.co.ug

UGANDA TELECOM
As a self motivated communication provider, Uganda telcom realizes the need to keep abreast of information age through the internet. They offer a wide range of internet connections to suit your needs. Their internet offerings range from basic solutions like freenet through to the more advanced options like broadband internet. As they say UGANDA TELCOM, Its all about you
Contacts
Network                         Toll free line                           
UTL Mobile                 
Mobile line-222, landline-977
Internet-300
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
URL. www.utl.co.ug

WARID TELECOM
In November 2006 WARID Telecom Uganda Limited was awarded its public infrastructure provider and public service provider licenses. In only 15 months we have completed the installation of hundreds of base stations, commercially launched and introduced a number of services to the Ugandan market on our prepaid network to name but a few of our achievements in this short space of time.
Our licenses incorporate mobile, fixed, internet, email and international communication services all of which are products and services WARID will be rolling out during 2008.
Our services include: prepaid and postpaid services, friends and family, swing2MABEAT, Gamezone, Talking SMS, Chatzone, MusicZone, Over2U, GPRS.
Contacts:
Warid Telecom Building
Plot 16A, Clement Hill Road
Tel: 100 Toll free
0700100100
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Website: www.waridtel.co.ug

ZAIN UGANDA
Zain was launched in Uganda in 1995 and is part of Zain Group. We are Uganda's most innovative mobile phone operator, and we were first with many services including:-
Pre-paid plans, Post-paid plans, International roaming, Dedicated customer care,       One rate to all networks, Fax and Data, Call forwarding, Per second billing,       Freedom. ForeveR, Mobile Top up. CONTACTS:
1100 from your Zain phone
075 1100 from any phone within Uganda, or
+ 256 75 1100 if you are abroad.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.ug.zain.com

ORANGE UGANDA
Orange has launched mobile telecommunications services in Uganda today entering a fast-paced and highly competitive business environment. The launch of Orange's brand new GSM network will provide Ugandans across the country with the quality of service and innovative offers that have become the hallmark of Orange's reputation worldwide. With this launch, Uganda becomes the 15th African country in Orange's international footprint and joins a worldwide community of 123 million Orange customers.
Our services: sms, CallMe, VoiceMail, Missed Call alert, EasyShare, Keep U'r contacts, Call management services, orange free services
Plot 28 - 30 Clement Hill Road
P.O. Box 24144 Kampala
Uganda
Tel: 100 toll free
other network on 079 0000 100 or +256 79 0000 100

MTN UGANDA
MTN started in 1994 and for fifteen years in business its growing worldwide in communication services. As they say MTN, EVERY WHERE U GO because its an international telecommunications group.
MTN Uganda as we speak also provides internet: MTN internet and ISP services and provides other products like, data circuits, mobile, mobile data, fixed lines, MTN mobile money and so much more. For more information contact
MTN Towers
22 Hannington Road
P.o box 24624 Kampala-Uganda
Tel; +256 312 212333
Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website; http://www.mtn.co.ug

AFRICA ONLINE
It started in1996 and for now thirteen years is amongst the pioneers who do provide internet in Uganda. For business and corporate solutions; they provide wireless infinity and VSAT. For individual and home solutions they provide infiNet services, VSAT, Broadband, Dialups, VPN, Leased lines and VoIP (voice over IP). For quick links about their internet services, contact
Africa Online Uganda Ltd
5th floor, Commercial Plaza, 7, Kampala Road
P.o Box,29331 Kampala, Uganda
Tel; +256 414 258 143
+256 312 211 200
+256 772 221 700/800/600
Fax;    +256 414 258 144
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website. www.africaonline.co.ug

 

Read More IWAY AFRICA
Afsat has partnered with the leading suppliers of satellite services and equipment to ensure we deliver world class solutions for our customers using only the best technology available.
iWay is the flagship brand of the communications solutions provided by Afsat Communications Africa Limited. Afsat has over 20 years experience in the telecommunications sector with over 10 years in building telecommunications networks in Africa. Our services include:-
- iWay Broadband
- iWay Dedicated
- iWay Corporate Networks
Contacts;
Main Tel:
+254 20 608 617
Marketing:
+254 20 675 0220
Customer Support:
+254 733 400 024
+254 722 474 829
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Website: www.iwayafrica.com

DATANET UGANDA

It started in 1999 and was taken over by Datanet.comLL  in  2003. Spacenet operates as a ‘brand’ or ‘product’ of Datanet.comll of which has a vast field in internet services and e-mail related services. Their vision is to provide all their customers with internet at affordable prices at all times in customer friendly mood.   Contacts;
Spacenet                 
Fax     ; (+256)041-255521
Phone; (+256)0414-255520                                                 
(+256)031-263520
Crested towers                                                          
22 Hannington Road                                                               
P.O BOX 680 Kampala
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                    
URL; www.data.co.ug

INFOCOM UGANDA
Infocom means Uganda’s leading internet service provider. As Internet grows, Companies also change a way of doing business hence their internet access becoming more critical. For a Superior quality and High speed internet access at affordable cost, Infocom is there for you.
They also provide services like; Dial up, faxaway, local area network, metro net services and so on.
Contacts   
Infocom ltd
Plot 2, Clement Hill road Celtel house
P.o Box 8373 Kampala, Uganda
Tel; +256-414-562800
Fax; +256-414-342-192
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UGANDA TELECOM.
As a self motivated communication provider, Uganda telcom realizes the need to keep abreast of information age through the internet. They offer a wide range of internet connections to suit your needs. Their internet offerings range from basic solutions like freenet through to the more advanced options like broadband internet. As they say UGANDA TELCOM, Its all about you
Contacts
Network                         Toll free line                            
UTL Mobile                  
Mobile line-222, landline-977
Internet-300
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
URL. www.utl.co.ug

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is a newly established Ministry. It was established in June 2006 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.

It also ensures sustainable, efficient and effective development, harnessing and utilization of ICT in all spheres of life to enable the country achieve its national development goals.

The Ministry is headed by a Minister who is assisted by one Minister of State.
There are two Directorates namely, the Directorate of Communications & Broadcasting Infrastructure and the Directorate of Information Technology & Information Management Services.
The Directorate of Communications and Broadcasting Infrastructure comprises the Departments of Telecommunications and Posts, and the one of Broadcasting Infrastructure.
The Directorate of Information Technology & Information Management Services comprises the Department of Information Technology and the one of Information Management Services. In addition to the above there is a Department of Finance and Administration and a Division of Planning which provide support services to the entire Ministry.

The Information and Communications Technology sector which the Ministry leads is divided into three levels namely, Policy, Regulatory and Operational.
The Regulatory level is composed of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the proposed National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), while the operational level is composed of telecommunications, postal, Information Technology (IT) and broadcasting operators.

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