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.
If all goes according to plan, Uganda will soon beat infrastructure odds to deliver high speed 4G LTE internet to far-flung areas in the country using the ground-breaking internet connectivity technology. This is being planned under the Loon Project, an initiative of Alphabet Inc., the mother company that owns the search engine Google.
By Roger Kyazze
While Ugandans continue to choke on high prices of cement, their Kenyan and Tanzanian counter-parts are enjoying relatively cheaper and more stable prices. The market instability in the Ugandan market recently led to panic buying, hoarding and creation of an artificial cement crisis resulting into the recent skyrocketing of prices.
The picturesque 23-storey luxury hotel, set on a spectacular location in Kampala, with nearly 360 degree visibility of the city, was officially launched in Kampala in October. The hotel- a five-star luxury affair- comprises 253 rooms and 42 suites on seven levels of accommodation, ranging between 31 and 164 square metres in size.