Mobile Communications Experts yesterday urged Uganda Telecom operators to reduce the cost of mobile broadband to increase the penetration of mobile phone-based services among people at the Mobile Monday Kampala (MoMoKLA) inaugural meeting held at the Orange Uganda head office in Kampala.
Mobile Monday is a global community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influentials fostering cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. Mobile Monday is launching chapters in Africa and the Kampala chapter opens its doors on March 8, 2010.
Having affordable mobile broadband acts as a major incentive for the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms.
Engineer Patrick Mwesigwa, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), predicted that the cost of mobile broadband in Uganda would reduce with the increase of more players in the industry and entry of more fibre optic cable like the East African Submarine System (EASSy) cable. The cable is due to be launched mid this year to compliment Seacom and TEAMs which are already operational.
Edouard Blondeau, Chief Officer Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Orange Uganda said his company has now reduced the cost of mobile broadband to as low as Shs49,000 ($25) per month, which is a great step forward towards achieving lower internet costs.
Now this is something for Ugandans like me who have time again had to spend thousands of miscalculated shillings loading airtime to access my email onto of making calls and sending SMS. All I have to do now is load my phone with Shs49,000 per month saving a whole Shs101,000 ($51) per month. I am hoping all service providers do the same, then we can be sure that all Ugandans will be able to take advantage of internet-based services like e-commerce, e-governance among others not just having internet access.