MTN Uganda has become the first telecom to demonstrate the 5G network technology, with the promise that within the next 3 years, the company will invest in developing 5G network infrastructure. It is the first time the technology is trialled in the East African region.
A new telecom company, Lycamobile, has announced its entry into the Ugandan market in what will cause some excitement to a sector that has been a rather dull duel between MTN and Airtel. But Ugandans will also be watching from the side of the eye to see what Lycamobile will do differently to survive, that others that fell by the wayside before them, didn’t do.
In a forward looking move aimed at improving the quality of internet connectivity around the country, the government is considering turning off 2G network, Frank Tumwebaze, the minister for ICT & National Guidance said recently. Tumwebaze said, government is going to require that all urban areas around the country will be served by at least 4G connectivity, while rural areas will have at least 3G.
Uganda Airlines has made an emotional return to the skies amid optimism and promising circumstances both locally and in the region. After a couple of postponements, the national carrier lifted off the ground to deliver its first passengers to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, on August 28. Within a week it has landed in Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)- and soon to other regional destinations, just in time for the recently launched African Union Open Skies Policy.
Even though Uganda is seemingly bustling with innovations, scientific assessments through the Global Innovations Index (GII) show that the country is trailing in innovation grades in the region. In 2018, Kenya was rated the most innovative among the East African Community countries (rating globally at the 78th), followed by Tanzania (globally at 92nd), Rwanda (globally 99th) and Uganda in fourth place (103 globally). The other members of the Eat African Community -Burundi and South Sudan- were not measured.