Telecom Watch Jan 2016: Here’s what happened in the Ugandan Telecom Industry this Jan

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Introducing Telecom Watch:

As a tech blog, we want to be able to give you all the information you need when you need it across all your devices. However, we are aware of our resource limitations. We cannot be everywhere everytime and we cannot give you all you want when you want it. It’s for reasons like this that we began Storipot a curation of all Ugandan Blogs and News websites to help you access information better. We also developed Dignited Answers a platform that allows you ask questions and get answers on anything tech in Uganda.

When looking at our data, we realised that a good percentage of Ugandans come to Dignited to find out about their telecom networks. Some just want news, others want to know about voice and internet tariffs, promotions and offers among so many others. So starting this January 2016, we shall be curating all articles written about Telecoms in Uganda by Ugandans. We shall also add anything else we find relevant that isn’t from Uganda. We are calling it Telecom Watch.

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In Telecom Watch, we shall bring News about Telecoms in Uganda, We shall also be covering key areas like Voice, Internet, Mobile Money, Business solutions, Promotions and Offers and whatever else will be trending in the world of Ugandan telecoms.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first episode of Telecom Watch 2016

NEWS

>> UTL gets a new Managing Director

Mark Jude Shoebridge is the new UTL MD. UTL has been struggling in business, It’s clear the company isn’t turning in a profit and there may be a lot of customer churn. Hopefully the new MD will help turn things around.  Techjaja gives us more info about the new development.

MOBILE MONEY/REMITTANCES

>> WorldRemit customers can now send money instantly to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia

In a partnership with MTN Uganda, World Remit now allows it’s customers to send money directly to MTN Mobile money wallets in Uganda. We have a full article on this development

>> MTN Uganda, Safaricom Partner to Allow Cross-Border Mobile Money Transfers

A partnership between Kenya’s Safaricom and MTN Uganda will see customers on both networks being able to send and receive money across networks and borders PC Tech gives us the full story

BEST DATA DEALS ON THE MARKET

  • Vodafone giving customers a Mi-Fi with 100GB valid for 90 days at Ugx 250,000 and a Router with 100GB at Ugx 300,000
  • MTN Uganda giving a Mi-Fi with 10GB valid for 30 days at Ugx 125,000

INTERNET COVERAGE

>> Smile Uganda expands 4G network across the country.

The company has rolled out new coverage areas which include Masaka, Mbarara, Fortportal, Kabale, Masindi, Gulu, Wakiso and Tororo. These have been added to the already existing areas of Kampala, Entebbe, and Mukono. Read the Full Story

>> Africell and Vodafone dethrone MTN Uganda as carriers with the fastest mobile data network speeds: Open Signal

With data from Open Signal, MTN was leading in Internet speeds in Uganda (2015) that later changed showing a decline with Africell and Vodafone having better and more consistent speeds. Techjaja gives you the full story.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

>> Artist Richard Kawesa in a Row with Africell over copyright infringement 

After Africell took over Orange, they seem to have forgotten that they inherit all the benefits and burdens. Orange had a deal with Richard Kawesa a respected Ugandan artist to use his music. Africell refused to continue with arrangement but continued to use his music without compensation. He is staging a One man demonstration against Africell. TechJaja has covered the story adequately.

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