Telecoms Urged to Extend Service to Rural Uganda

The Ministry of ICT and National guidance has called upon all telecom operators in the country to focus on covering all parts of the country than concentrating in only towns for balanced development.

The representing the Ministry Permanent Secretary at the launch of Lycamobile at Sheraton hotel Kampala, Paul Odoi the Senior Telecom Engineer at the Ministry said Telecom companies need to focus on building a stronger network with better services in villages.

“We began the liberalisation of the Telecommunications sector in 1996 and ever since that there has been tremendous growth. The growth has been in terms of more operators, larger coverage and new services. This growth has proved that indeed our policies work and the environment is enabling.”

He added that the launch of Lycomobile Telecom company will create more jobs for Ugandans on top of increasing revenue base for the government.

“In 2018 we developed the Broadband policy. This policy is hinged on quality of service, coverage and affordability. I am happy to note that Lycamobile’s principles are the same. I am also happy to note that Lycamobile has special packages for students and will also be involved in humanitarian activities.”

Allirajah Subaskaran the founder chairman for Lyca group revealed that through their operations in Uganda over 65000 people are going to be employed both direct and indirect.

Gavin De Costa the head of Economic and trade policy in both Uganda and Rwanda at the British High commissioner, asked the management of this new company to work hand in hand with Ugandan government to promote development of local content and infrastructure development.

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