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Satellite Broadband to Unlock Economic Growth in Rural Uganda

Satellite Broadband to Unlock Economic Growth in Rural Uganda

Broadband
The African Development Bank projects that Uganda's GDP will grow from 5.1 per cent in 2017 to 5.8 per cent in 2018. Among other factors, the government has highlighted the role of information communications technology (ICT) as a key enabler for this trend toward growth. As key stakeholders in the country continue to promote the use of ICT for economic and social growth, Uganda's Internet penetration has increased in the last two years from 31 per cent in 2015 to 53.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Uganda Communications Commission. In East Africa, Uganda is second only to Kenya in terms of Internet penetration. While this figure is significant, a section of Uganda's population still lacks Internet access. A critical issue is that many live in rural areas t...
Mobisol largest off-grid provider in East Africa with 10 MW installed capacity

Mobisol largest off-grid provider in East Africa with 10 MW installed capacity

Broadband, Business, Technology
Mobisol, a Germany-based provider of decentralized solar solutions, has successfully installed a capacity of 10 MW and electrified over 500,000 people in East Africa to date. The company fights global climate change by offsetting 50,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year through smart rent-to-own solar systems, benefitting communities in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. Mobisol provides solar solutions beyond lighting and focuses on the development and supply of large solar systems that power a range of energy-efficient household and productive use appliances. While currently distributing business appliances such as multiple phone chargers and barber salon packages, the company plans to increase its offering around productive-use appliances for small and medium enterprises in 2018. As pa...
Safaricom invests into the home internet market traditionally dominated by Jamii Telecom, Wananchi Group, Telkom Kenya and Liquid Telecom

Safaricom invests into the home internet market traditionally dominated by Jamii Telecom, Wananchi Group, Telkom Kenya and Liquid Telecom

Broadband, Internet
In line with changing lives in Kenya by making homes more fun and great for work and learning, Safaricom is now providing Home Fibre. The Listed telecom operator has introduced four packages, Platinum, Gold, Silver and bronze, for its Internet to homes offering as it makes an aggressive play to grow its market share.  The Safaricom Fibre allows users to have fast, reliable and unlimited internet access from the comfort of their home. After registration, a user will be given a router and access to credentials that will enable them to have both Wireless and LAN access, with no installation charges. In the new strategy, Safaricom will charge Sh2,500 for bandwidth of 5 megabits per second (Mbps) and in the bronze package and Sh9,999 for 40Mbps speeds for platinum customers. The
Airtel launches new broadband Internet service

Airtel launches new broadband Internet service

Broadband
Telecommunications service provider, Airtel has unveiled its newly introduced Unlimited Data plans to boost mobile broadband connectivity. According to airtel, the plan will empower and create more prosperity opportunities for telecoms consumers as well as boost mobile internet broadband connectivity. The Home Broadband Service, allows customers to share data with colleagues, friends and family members with and the new package will empower telecoms consumers to have access to unlimited internet service at reasonable cost. “Airtel is committed to pioneering innovation, superior data experience and affordability.“Our new Unlimited is truly unlimited as we have stretched the threshold to deliver up to 100GB to telecoms consumers so that they can empower more people within their circle of
Africa Mobile subscription set to hit the Half a Billion Mark by 2020

Africa Mobile subscription set to hit the Half a Billion Mark by 2020

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
Sub-Saharan Africa currently has 420 million unique mobile subscribers with a 43% penetration rate. By 2020, this number is expected to hit over half a billion, making Africa the fastest growing market. This is according to a new GSMA study dubbed ‘The Mobile Economy: Africa 2016’  that was published recently at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa event held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The report also highlights the increasing contribution of Africa’s mobile industry to the regional economy, including employment and public funding, and mobile’s role a platform for digital and financial inclusion. “More than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to a network, providing them not just connectivity but a gateway to a range of other essential services in areas such as digital