By Wasswa Deo
MTN Uganda has reached upto 80% of its customers in the last two months while sensitizing as well as educating them how they are going to deal with the new systems of loading airtime without using scratch cards.
According to the Uganda communications commission, the airtime scratch cards will be out of market effective 31st July .
Addressing journalists at the grand finale of Momo Nyabo promotion which has seen many of MTN clients winning lots of prizes including brand new cars, the MTN CEO, Wim Vanelleputte has noted that, the company is doing its best to ensure that it also covers the remaining 20% in this remaining period.
By Edwin Muhumuza
Uganda’s inflation has dropped to 1.8% in the month of April compared to 2% registered in the previous month of March.
The drop is attributed to reduction in prices of food crops especially fruits such as oranges. Others include maize flour, sugar, milk, and simsim.
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics,principal statistician,Vincent Musoke,a drop in inflation does not mean prices have come down but rather the speed at which prices are rising is still slow. Musoke, clarifies that unless the drop is down into negatives then that is when you expect prices to come down.
‘’However it should be noted that this is a general measure .You find that some products, their prices come up while the others come down. When you put them together you get the correct figure of the annual inflation.’’
Uganda continues to grapple with increasing prices of some essential products amid proposed tax increases. Among them include, all types of fuel, cement, construction materials, spirits, social services and foods like Rice, Matooke, Onions, and Apples.
According to the Uganda Bureau of statistics,this trend will sharply determine the public’s consumption behaviour.
During the release of the consumer price index for the year ended April 2018,it was also noted that Arua registered the highest annual inflation of 3.9% though lower than 4.8% recorded for the year ended March 2018.The rise was mainly driven by annual inflation for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels .The second highest was Fort Portal,followed by Kampala High Income and then Mbale.
The growth outlook for 2018 is positive. Rebounding investment activity and healthy domestic demand fueled by accommodative monetary policy, are set to underpin GDP growth this year. In the medium term, economic activity should be buttressed by the sustained expansion of the agriculture sector and planned government investments in oil and gas production. Focus Economics panelists project growth of 5.7% in 2018, which is up 0.3 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 5.9% in 2019.
Kinyara Sugar Company Limited in Masindi district is stuck with more than 18000 tons of sugar because of distortions in the sugar prices in the country.
Kirunda Magoola, the Corporate Communications Manager Kinyara Sugar Limited, says the sugar stock has been piling since November last year.
He however, didn’t explain the source of the sugar being dumped on the matter. URN was unable to independently verify the claims.
Last month, Masindi District Sugar Cane Growers Association Limited-MASGAL resolved not to supply sugar cane to Kinyara sugar limited accusing it of reducing cane prices from Shillings 141,000 to Shillings 100, 000.
Magoola explains that the price Kinyara is giving to farmers is not the final one but advance payment pending the completion of their negotiations with the sugar cane farmers
Sugar cane farmers in Masindi district have for long been pushing Kinyara Sugar Company to increase the cane price.
Last year, Kinyara Sugar Company increased the price of sugar cane from Shillings 78,000 to Shillings 141,000 a ton.
However, the price has been lowered to Shillings 100,000 due to the fluctuation of the price of sugar.
By Deo Wasswa
Uganda’s Internet precinct is brimming with umpteen offers from the numerous Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that choosing the best becomes a befuddling task. All the ISPs are furnishing their customers with drooling Internet offers. In this article, I will share some ideas on how to choose the best internet service provider for you in Uganda. A good ISP is paramount to keep you connected with your loved ones or customers for your online business. A fast and reliable ISP will allow you to do the things you use Internet for at anytime in a flash.
So how do you choose the best internet service provider for you in Uganda? I will share with you five collectible points, which will help you decide on the best Internet Service Provider for you in Uganda.
Here’s a list of questions to help you decide the best ISP for you in Uganda
Which ISPs are available in your locality?
What internet plans fall into your budget?
How heavy are your data needs?
How fast do you need the speeds to be?
Any customer care service?
So let’s dive into the determinants that help you choose the best Internet service provider for you in Uganda.
1. Local Coverage
Before you commit yourself to any Internet service provider, you ought to find out which ones have network coverage your location. Whereas this may not be an issue in the central region of Uganda especially in Kampala where Internet connectivity from almost all ISPs is good, it is a big determining factor if you are going to use Internet in other parts of the country. You have to check on the ISPs Internet coverage maps to see if your location is included and the type of connection the place receives. Remember that ISPs have different coverage footprints for 4G and 3G service.
2. Your data needs
Before you set out to look for an internet service provider, you must consider how much data you or your business needs. Some businesses like Innovation hubs, Internet cafes, and other Internet hungry businesses may require an unlimited data plan since they require indefinite quantities of data. Choosing an ISP that offers unlimited data plans is the best escape route. For light Internet use, you need to calculate your usage to avoid paying for what you may not use. An ISP that provides bundles that match your data usage should be considered.
3. Speed of the Internet
While the number of people that want slow internet speeds in Uganda is exactly zero, the minimum speed you require directly depends on what you use the Internet for. You might be comfortable with speeds below 1Mbps for casual browsing, but you may require more speeds if you are going to use the Internet for video streaming, video conferencing and online gaming. Find out the speeds each ISP to help you choose the best Internet Service Provider in Uganda. Here data capping should be put into consideration. Some ISPs throttle the speed of the Internet when you exceed a specified usage according to their fair usage policy. You should find all this out from the ISP to avoid your data usage compromising your required speeds.
4. Your budget
You should consider an ISP that has internet bundles that suit your budget. You shouldn’t be punching beyond your weight when buying Internet. Luckily, most ISPs have bundles at all price points so it would be easier to find one that fits your budget.
5. Good customer service
This may seem like a minor thing, but you surely the customer needs care. Customer care helps you in case you encounter problems using the service and avails you with tips on how to get the most out of your Internet. To determine which ISP has the best customer service, you need to pay attention to what other people say about the provider, or make any other effort to find out.
Coming to choose the best Internet service provider for you in Uganda starts with determining your requirements or those of your business. Not a single one of the above points can be a sole determinant of the ISP you choose. You must choose an ISP that has the best combination of the above points to enjoy the best Internet experience to propel you and your business to new greater heights.