Havard Old Student To “Democratize” Internet Access In Uganda

price patient geneva;”>salve sans-serif;”>S. Andrew Musoke, co-founder of TruIT and his co-founders (Adrian Muyinda, Moses Mubiru, and Andrew Jombwe) are set to provide cost effective, high-speed, wide-reaching and reliable satellite broadband services to consumer and enterprise markets in Uganda.

Musoke and his colleagues envisage a developing-world city, colorful and vibrant, where information, education and commerce are transferred rapidly and connectivity rivals that of the first world.

But, just a few miles from of this vibrant nucleus, high-rises and five-star hotels are replaced by rural villages, no electricity and unclean water.

“Access to the phenomena, digital and otherwise, happening just a few hours away is crippled by choppy, unreliable internet connectivity,” said Musoke, adding, “The digital divide between people outside the circumference of the city and those lucky enough to be in, is rapidly widening.”

However, Musoke remarks: “Whether you are in the jungle, forest, city or the desert, you’ll be able to surf the web at speeds comparable with other countries.”

He added that for the areas in Uganda that are still very remote, where people struggle to get strong connectivity because of a lack of investment in infrastructure such as fiber optic cables and telephone lines, this is a vital change that can give local communities access to global e-commerce.


“The non-profit model is getting old and there is so much donor fatigue out there. Many non-profit’s have costs close to 80 percent of each dollar donated, and only 20 percent of each dollar goes towards those in need. What you’ll find is that people are tired. Now, people want to bring the private model to public giving and service to make non-profits run more efficiently like many private enterprises,” noted Musoke.

This is the essence of social entrepreneurship and the crux of what motivates Musoke and his team. A for-profit business, he and his team remain keenly aware of the impact this company will have on Uganda, and incorporate that awareness when making business decisions.

Musoke noted that not only will Ugandans benefit from the unrolling of satellite broadband services to the back woods of the country, charities and non-profit organizations will benefit too.

“We will help them perform better. Like with many non-profits, there is a very tight budget, administrative budget and by using a local option by Ugandans for Ugandans, we will be able to help them get access to information and data quicker and faster,” he said.

He added: “Villages and local rural communities looking to sell their products, a pediatrician in Uganda wanting to research information, or a local wants to Skype with a cousin far away, or even a teacher wanting to show his students something the text books can’t, are the kinds of people this seeks and ultimately will, impact.”

Musoke plans to head to Uganda to work with his team of co-founders after graduation before starting the highly selective and prestigious Management Associate Program at JP Morgan Chase. This program, will help him further develop as a global leader and teach him important skills that will undoubtedly help him as an entrepreneur, he says.

“My main goal in life is to leave the world better than I came into it. I want to be able to provide for the people. This is just the beginning,” declared Mukose.

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