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Top 10 “must reads” about the Internet Landscape in Uganda – 1st Week of March 2021
In the first of a twice weekly series, e-Way Tech & Info. Sys will be rounding up the top news about Uganda’s internet industry from several media outlets including government ministries, media centers, radio stations, newspapers, television and publishing them right here.
This is part of our broader strategy to contribute to the development of Uganda’s internet industry by availing relevant information to all stakeholders including netizens, e-commerce and e-business companies, internet service providers, internet publishers, students, policy regulators and any enthusiasts.
The Top 10 Internet Industry News Wrap for the 1st Week of March 2021
1 – The Need for Internet Broadband Connectivity in Uganda’s Game Parks
Before a team of tourists could schedule a 20-day trip to South Africa with the attendant generously lavish expenditure, they asked about Wi-Fi access and Internet speeds in Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world with an area of 19,485 sq. km (over 4.8 million acres or three quarters the size of Rwanda).
These represent just a few of a substantial number of tourists whose next adventure destination is determined by the presence or absence of Wi-Fi and Internet.
Kyetume Kasanga, a Principal Communications Officer at Ministry of ICT and National Guidance explains why Uganda needs to roll out internet connectivity in Uganda’s national game parks and reserves in this article on the Ministry website.
2 – 66.6 Billion Shillings Daily – Counting the costs of shutting down the Internet in Uganda
Following the Internet shutdown for 4 days during the January 2021 elections, the State action was described as inconsiderate by several business analysts due to the modern ways of conducting business through e-commerce.
Shutting down the Internet affected payment systems, Real Time Gross transfers and Electronic File Transfers for the large transfers. This is in addition to the 13,000 bank agents who conduct money transfers, Internet banking and the Automatic Teller Machines.
Find out how internet based businesses were affected, as well as the financial costs of the blackout in this article on The Daily Monitor.
3 – Google Internet project closes in Uganda
The closure follows an announcement in which Google said the project was “an unsustainable business model”.
Uganda will be among the 10 African countries that will lose out as Google winds up its Internet Balloon Project. The balloons would create an aerial wireless network to provide Internet and telecom network connectivity to rural and remote areas.
However, Alastair Westgarth, the team lead of the project, last week announced in a statement the project would be closed. More on this story in the Technology section of The Daily Monitor.
4 – Would Sharing Internet and Telecommunications Infrastructure set-up Costs increase internet connectivity in the country?
The UCC (Uganda Communications Commission) says individual establishment or deployment of infrastructure by the various communications sector players is one of the major factors behind the high cost of services.
These high costs also are transferred to the users in form of high prices, while they also slow down the growth of the sector.
Experts say for example, that the high cost of infrastructure is the reason for the limited expansion of the 4G Network away from the main cities to other parts of the country.
5 – IMG, MTN partner to provide telemedicine services
International Medical Group (IMG), the parent company of International Hospital Kampala (IHK) and International Medical Center (IMC) together with MTN Uganda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a digital approach to medical access across the country.
IMC general manager Joel Oroni IMC explains exactly how telemedicine will work in Uganda.
6 – Spotify to launch in Uganda, 84 new countries
Last Month, Spotify, a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider announced at its ‘Stream On’ event for creators and partners, its plans to launch in 85 new markets including Uganda over the next few days, areas that represent more than 1 billion potential new listeners.
7 – WhatsApp Calls on a Desktop now a reality
With this new update, WhatsApp believes that “answering on a bigger screen makes it easier to work with colleagues, see your family more clearly on a bigger canvas, or free up your hands to move around a room while talking.” Basically, there are a lot of advantages to be able to do a WhatsApp call on a desktop.
8 – Kyambogo University Lecturers Sued Over Duplicating an Online Information System
Dr John Okuonzi, the director of Information Technology at Kyambogo University and Mr Henry Tumusiime, a member of the same department, are jointly sued together with a company known as Compusoft. The petitioner is a private company known as Zeenode Ltd and filed the law suit on March 4.
9 – Digital Postal Services Launched in Uganda, Reducing Costs of Owning a Postal Address
Government, through the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, in collaboration with Posta Uganda has launched a digitalized postal services system developed by a team local IT personnel.
The essence of the system, according to the Ministry officials, is to ease service delivery and also spur e-commerce, and business for Ugandans. The online postal services will enable people to apply and pay for postal addresses online, receive passports, driving permits and national IDs through a post office of one’s choice.
The cost of a digital post office box will be 20,000 Shillings per year, down from 80,0000 Shillings for the physical post box.
10 – Roke Telkom to develop COVID-19 tracking software
The prototype will demonstrate how to digitally manage, monitor, track, and trace infected people.
Finally, find out why the real estate industry in Uganda is taking long to adapt to Technology.
That’s it for this debut internet industry news briefing in Uganda . We’ll be launching a redesigned version of this bi-weekly internet news update in the near future — stay tuned.
PS – We’ll be back on Saturday 13th March 2021. Thanks for reading.