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Africell Offers Subscribers Free Data To Swap Sim Cards For 4G Experience

Africell Uganda, Uganda’s fastest growing telecom this morning launched a drive that will see their subscribers get 1 free GB of data free for swapping their current sim cards for the much faster 4G LTE sim cards that the giant telecom is positioning.

Africell says with the completion of laying their high speed 4G cables across the country, customers can now make use of the improved data speeds and limited drop calls.

Announcing the launch of 4G services Milad Khairallah, Africell’s Commercial Director said “4G technology is gaining widespread acceptance by most of our customers across Uganda. The launch of Africell’s 4G LTE services will further expand on our service offering and propel the brand to an even higher growth trajectory, consolidating our leader market position”

Africell customers with 4G devices in most towns across Uganda can now start experiencing superfast speeds by simply upgrading their existing SIM cards to new 4G SIM cards plus earn 1GB free data to start off the super experience.

Africell is also offering attractive subscription plans to digital content including a wide range of the latest music, movies and games. Africell has also partnered with leading handset manufacturers and e-commerce retailers for special data bundling offers on new 4G smartphones.

Africell was last December voted the fastest telecom network in Uganda in terms of internet data speeds by Open Signal.

Y’ello Care: MTN Sets Up ICT Hub For Impaired Children

MTN Uganda officially launched its 10th edition of changing lives through its staff volunteerism project of 21 Days of Y’ello Care with the overall Group theme of “Investing in Education for All”. The focus is to continue driving access to education, particularly through the digitalisation of teaching and learning in the countries in which MTN operates. 

Over 60 pupils at St. Hellen Primary School in Mbarara who are visually impaired danced to the music with excitement to show their appreciation to the good gesture from MTN Uganda staff. Their celebration is hinged on the news that MTN staff and all the important visitors at their school were there to commission a fully connected ICT Hub complete with talking computers, braille Perkins machines with braille papers, computers, Jaws software, headsets, internet connectivity, WiMAX setup, painting of the ICT lab and ten smart phones for the school management. In addition to the basic computer training for pupils in the MTN ICT bus. 

St. Hellen Primary School is one of the beneficiaries of this year’s annual 21 day long staff volunteerism initiatives in which employees across MTN’s international footprint take time off to physically get involved in activities that uplift communities around them through financial, physical and emotional contributions of staff and MTN as a corporate citizen. 

The Mbarara event was led by Mr Anthony Katamba, GM Corporate Services. He said MTN staff will over the 21 days; get involved in setting up ICT hubs in the five regions (East, West, North, Central and South West). This will be complemented by basic computer training for the pupils using the MTN internet bus, a vital component for the promotion of ICT in rural areas in an effort to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas. 

“Education is one of the most important investments a country can make to its people and its future and it is critical to reducing poverty and inequality and MTN Uganda realizes and understands the need for investment in the education sector”, Katamba said. 

He said this year’s activities will continue with the theme of “Investing in Education for all” adding that MTNs operations will engage in projects that have a positive impact on the education sector regionally. 

“At MTN, we have refocused our interventions towards empowerment of the communities in various areas. Education is one such area which is very close to our hearts because of the direct link between improved literacy and the socio-economic status of any community." 

Funding of the project is solely dependent on contributions from MTN Staff who also physically get involved in the campaign activities. Leveraging on MTN’s regional presence across the country, the planned activities will allow a cross section of staff to participate in this worthy Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. 

St. Hellen’s Head teacher represented by the Deputy, Mrs Seremali Bainomugisha hailed MTN for being sensitive to community needs adding that the ICT Hub and the equipment for the visually impaired pupils will address the needs of each of the 330 pupils in the school.

St. Hellen Primary is a Catholic Missionary school founded in 1932. The ceremony was presided over by the Principle Education Officer Mr. Francis Tumwebaze who also commissioned the ICT lab. 

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ICT Minister Lauds Huawei, Airtel For Supporting E-learning

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, was lauded by the Minister of ICT Hon. John Nasasira for supporting e-learning in Kiruhura schools.

This comes after Huawei donated 30 PCs fully connected with internet from Airtel Uganda to Kashwa Primary School, Rwemikoma and Karo Secondary schools all in Kiruhura District on 10th June, 2016.  

The 30 PC-donation to these schools is as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) previously signed between Huawei and the Ministry of ICT of Uganda for bridging the digital divide through knowledge transfer.  

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Hon. John Nasasira, the Minister of ICT noted the importance of computer studies right from Primary school level.

“In a few years to come, the world is going to be only about computers. Therefore 30 computers have been offered to help Kazo students right from primary level learn computer. I thank Huawei for reaching out to promote e-learning and knowledge transfer in these school, and being a responsible corporate citizen in Uganda”, he said.

Speaking also at the ceremony, Mr. Stanley Chyn Huawei’s Managing Director said, “We are here today with Kazo and Nasasira foundation to hand over the 30 PCs donation to schools in the district as a fulfillment of the MOU. It is our corporate responsibility and obligation to give back to the community where we operate.”

Other items donated were three high definition television screens to each school by the Chief Guests H.E Zhao Yali, the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, and 30 dongles with one year’s unlimited data by Airtel Uganda.

MTN Customers Get Free 4G SIM Card Swaps

This month, MTN Uganda is offering free 4G SIM cards to all MTN customers with 4G enabled devices whether smartphones, tables, dongles or routers. MTN customers can now exchange their old cards with a 4G SIM card at any MTN Service Centre across Uganda.

The objective of this exercise is to ensure that MTN data customers have the best Internet experience during downloads and uploads or during buffering of audio and video files. 4G LTE technology has the potential to operate at speeds of up to 100mbps, which is almost triple the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in Uganda, and the wider region.

In addition to the free SIM swaps, all customers who exchanges their old cards for the 4G SIM cards and also each get a free 1GB data bundle. The resultant positive experience of customers using the Internet on MTN Uganda’s 4G network is intended to and will certainly lead to an increased use of Internet and further drive data penetration across the country.

MTN’s 4G LTE network covers all major towns in Uganda including Kampala, Entebbe, Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Kabale, Kasese, Fort Portal, Moroto, Masaka and Jinja.

The free 4GM SIM offer is available to all MTN customers with 4G enabled devices but is valid for a limited time only. According to MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Mapula Bodibe, the offer is testament to MTN’s commitment to offering the best value for money for customers by guaranteeing an unmatched world-class Internet experience.

“Our goal is to ensure all our customers are getting the best possible value for their money. This initiative also falls directly in line with our vision to Deliver a Bold, New Digital World to our customers”, commented Ms. Mapula.

“Business across the world is now done online and through the Internet individuals and organizations can enhance their productivity through quicker and easier access to information. So MTN is playing its part in ensuring positive experiences for our customers using the Internet by investing in technologies like 4G and introducing the latest compatible smartphones and other devices. We’re also breaking down barriers to entry by ensuring that we offer affordable data enabled phones like the MTN Smart Series range” she concluded.

4G technology – also known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) – technology is a worldwide efficient mobile broadband technology that enables improved speeds and superior Internet user experience. It offers great data transfer speeds and the shortest latency times, allowing users to have a seamless, uninterrupted download experience.

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