Top 10 “must reads” about the Internet Landscape in Uganda – Week 2 – March – 2021

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Top 10 “must reads” about the Internet Landscape in Uganda – 2nd Week of March 2021

 

As promised in the first edition of the e-Way weekly series, our team continues to roundup up the top news about Uganda’s internet industry from several media outlets including government ministries, media centers, radio stations, newspapers, television stations and technology websites and publishing them right here.

Since last week’s edition, interesting developments have made their way to our news desk. So without further ado, here are the top 10 news stories about the internet took place in the country’s internet community over the past 7 days.

 

The Top 10 Internet Industry News Wrap for the 2nd Week of March 2021

 

1 – The 6th National Conference of Communications (NCC)

 

The 6th National Conference of Communications (NCC) highlighted the opportunities, challenges and solutions for innovating in a crisis and the necessity of guaranteeing reliable and resilient network connectivity.

The Conference was hosted by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in collaboration with the Makerere University College of Engineering, Design Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

This year’s conference, themed “Connectivity, Resilience and Innovation in the COVID-19 Era”, seeks to highlight the advances in theory and application of communication engineering in Uganda, especially in light of recent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

2- Internet and mobile banking grew with disruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, a Bank of Uganda review has shown.

The two platforms were some of the digital channels that registered strong performance in the financial services sector.

The quarterly financial stability review for the year ended December 2020 indicates that the value of Internet and mobile banking transactions rose by 30.2 per cent and 135.2 per cent, respectively while mobile money grew by 28.2 per cent compared to a 2.9 per cent growth in 2019, which represented an equivalent of Shs93.7 trillion.

However, the Central Bank warned the performance was interrupted by the January 13-18 Internet shutdown in which a number of digital payment platforms were rendered useless for close to five days. 

You can read more about this story in the business pages of The Daily Monitor.

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3 -Uganda now at 18 million on internet, 3million on facebook

Latest statistics indicate Uganda has 3,328,000 Facebook subscribers out of 18 million who are on the internet as at December 2020.

Egypt has 48 million Facebook users, followed by Nigeria at 31 million. In East Africa, Kenya are at 10 million, according to Internet World Stats.

All this is the drop in the ocean when compared to world statistics. African internet users are only 11.5% of the world world total. See Full Report Here

Uganda has been in the spotlight after the internet was temporarily fully shut down for security reasons.  The shutdown was lifted, but facebook remains officially blocked, with users using VPN to access the platform. Read more of this story on The Independent Magazine.

 

4 – East African Law Society sues Uganda gov’t over internet shutdown

The East African Law Society has sued the Government of Uganda seeking compensation to everyone affected for its alleged illegal actions of shutting down the internet during the January 14th general elections.

The law society that brings together more than 18,000 lawyers from seven East African Countries have sued the Attorney General of Uganda as the first respondent and the Secretary General of East African Community ((EAC) as the second respondent in the case filed on Friday 12, March 2021 evening at the East African Court of Justice Sub registry in Kampala.

The learned friends are suing the Government of Uganda for breaching laws under the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community (EAC) by unlawfully restricting the citizens and residents access to the internet and to internet based communications platforms.

Read the full story by Uganda Radio Netwok on  Disptach.

5 – Internet Subscriptions spur MTN Uganda revenue growth to Shs1.9 trillion

Data subscribers grew by 34.8 per cent to 4.5 million in 2020 and 14.4 per cent growth in mobile money subscribers to 8.5 million.

The growth in data subscribers and revenue could be explained by the emergence of Covid-19 which saw more people working from home through Internet enabled platforms.

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Telecoms last year said they had seen an unprecedented growth in demand for data, especially in residential areas.

Full story on The Daily Monitor.

 

6 – Safer Internet Day: Protect children online

On February 9, Uganda joined the rest of the world in commemoration of the  World Safer Internet Day. This is a day set aside to reflect on, impart and inculcate safe, healthy and hygienic Internet usage among the various cyber actors, and those who come in contact with the increasing online activity, be it e-commerce or e-governance and so on.

With increasing technological advancement came rapid growths in the youngsters’ access to electronic communication and gaming devices and as a tool to cripple the effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic, came with ease of conducting online distance e-learning programmes at all levels of education.

Find out how you can promote safe use of the internet by children on The Daily Monitor.

 

7 – (OPED) – Majority of Ugandans don’t not use the Internet in a Productive Way

Majority of Africans who use internet utilize it for social and entertainment purposes. They use it to stay in touch with family and friends. A Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey Report put the median Sub-Saharan African population who use internet for this purpose at 85 per cent. The same report highlights the next popular purpose of the internet in Sub-Saharan Africa to be the search for information and news about politics.

Read the full OPED on The Daily Monitor.

 

8 – Internet Trends that will shape technology in Uganda

Cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) will dominate the Information Technology landscape as enablers for digital transformation in Uganda and beyond.

Artificial intelligence and automated learning are picking up. Smart ways of working are cropping up along lines of convenience, agility and efficiency.

Ms Lillian Nalwoga, the founder Internet Society of Uganda emphasizes that there is need for business to re-engineer and strategise how to adapt to the new way of life.

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“It will reduce the number of people but ensure we remain effective and productive in the way we work,” Nalwoga says.

Read about these trends  article on the Daily Monitor.

 

9 – Internet Issues – TV named best alternative learning method in Uganda

 

There are only a select number of countries where internet connectivity is nearly uniform and high quality. Internet connectivity is a major concern in developing and underdeveloped countries, particularly in African regions.

News reports from affected regions highlight the hardships of students to stream lecture videos or stay online throughout an online class. In Uganda, the cost of availing Internet connection is high, which also adds to the problem.

Find out why Ugandan students choose TV over Internet in an e-learning study.

 

10 – Schools, universities urged to exploit digital learning

Educational institutions have been advised to exploit the online mode of learning as much as possible to prepare for other challenges to come.

The former executive director of the Uganda Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Dr Ben Manyindo, said while online programmes are less costly, convenient and offer flexibility, educational institutions must now learn to seize the opportunity, to prepare for more challenges to come.

Dr Manyindo made the remarks while officiating the 22nd Graduation ceremony of Ndejje University held virtually at the Ndejje Main campus in Luweero District on Friday.

“With online education, you will be able to plan study time around the rest of your respective engagements and at your convenience. This has worked well for learners and institutions that were accredited for online learning,” Dr Manyindo said.

Full story available on The Daily Monitor.

 

BONUS – (NTV VIDEO) Concern rises over Shrinking Online Space

Freedom of expression and information activists have raised concerns about the shrinking online space available to Ugandans to engage socially and politically. According to a report by Internet freedom watchdog, Unwanted Witness, the Ugandan government is accused of increasing its regulation of digital spaces, leading to increased restrictions on how Ugandans can freely express themselves online.

 

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